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No, Kenyan president’s daughter Charlene Ruto not giving out loans on Facebook

IN SHORT: A Facebook page using the name and photos of Charlene Ruto, the daughter of Kenya’s president William Ruto, offers loans to Kenyans on Facebook. But it’s run by an imposter.

The Facebook page Chalyn Rúttó is advertising different kinds of loans on Facebook groups with thousands of members.

The page uses the name and photos of Charlene Ruto, the daughter of Kenyan president William Ruto.

It claims to be offering loans for business, school fees, rent, emergency and agriculture. It requires users to apply through the WhatsApp number provided. 

The offers have been posted on multiple Facebook groups here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here

The account’s posts have attracted hundreds of inquiries. But are they genuine offers? We checked.


Imposter page

The page’s misspelling of Ruto’s name is the first red flag. Her name is Charlene Ruto and not “Chalyn Rúttó”.

Africa Check noted that there is little activity on the page’s timeline but it has posted on numerous Facebook groups. Little to no activity on a Facebook page's timeline is usually a sign that it is suspicious.

To confirm if the WhatsApp number provided is registered to Ruto, we tried sending money to it. We found it is instead registered to “Chris Wepukhulu”. This is another clear sign that these promotions are not run by the president’s daughter.

Her official Facebook page is Charlene Ruto and carries the “blue tick” verification badge that the platform uses to let people know a page or profile is authentic. 

It has over 56,000 followers and there are no promotions or loan offers on this page.

The page Chalyn Rúttó is fake and its offers are a scam.

For more help in identifying fraudsters on social media, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.

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