IN SHORT: Posts claiming that the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) portal has opened for first-year university students in Kenya are false and could lead to some being defrauded.
The posts share a link that leads to an article headlined: “HELB Portal Opens For First Years Undergraduate Application 2023/2024.”
HELB, or the Higher Education Loans Board, is a government agency that finances Kenyans looking to further their studies. For many needy students, this funding is crucial, hence the application season is eagerly anticipated.
The article also lists a number of conditions for loan applications.
But is the portal genuine?
‘Ignore fake alerts by fraudsters’
We could not find any information about the opening of a portal for first-year students on the official website of the loans board.
HELB has denied this on its official Facebook account.
A post from the agency, dated 10 July 2023, reads: “Beware of fake news. Always get reliable information from our official channels: Facebook (@HELBPage), Twitter (@HELBpage) ,email; [email protected] or call 0711 052 000.”
The Kiswahili translates to: “People, the process hasn’t begun yet! Ignore the fake alerts from fraudsters. We will inform you when we open for HELB First Time & Subsequent loan applications. #StayAlert."
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