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No, MTN promotion asking you to send money for free airtime or car is bogus

IN SHORT: Could you be in line for a big payday if you send money to your boyfriend using MTN’s mobile money service? Not a chance – the social media promotion is fake.

A graphic purportedly showing a promotion by mobile telecoms giant MTN has been posted on a Facebook page with 21,000 followers.

It reads: “Send Money to your Boyfriend and Receieve Free Airtime and a car with MTN MoMo.”

MTN operates in many African and Asian countries. MTN MoMo is short for MTN Mobile Money.

The graphic includes the logo of MTN and its tagline “everywhere you go”.

Similar posts leave out the car and offer free airtime only. These posts have been circulating in Uganda. 

The supposed MTN MoMo promotions have also been posted here, here, here, here and here.

But is MTN really giving free airtime and cars to people who send money to their boyfriends? We checked.

Ignore fake promotion

Uganda MTN False

On 22 September 2022, MTN Uganda posted the graphic on its verified Twitter account, stamped “FAKE”.

MTN Uganda’s post was a retweet of another post by MTN Mobile Money Uganda Limited.

The mobile network operator tweeted: “Dear #MTNMoMo customers, do not participate in this FAKE promotion. #StopBafere, always check @mtnug and @mtnmomoug official Social Media pages for our official promotions.”

The MTN MoMo promotion is fake. MTN Uganda will unfortunately not give you free airtime or a car when you send money to your boyfriend.


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