IN SHORT: Mobile money platform, OPay, says customers should follow its verified social media accounts for any promotions and giveaways. This message doing the rounds on Facebook and WhatsApp impersonating the mobile money platform should be ignored.
A message circulating on Facebook and WhatsApp in Nigeria claims that OPay is giving away data in celebration of its fifth birthday.
One Facebook post, dated 16 September 2023, reads: “OPAY 5 YEARS ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY PRICE (10GB) VALID FOR ALL NETWORK. Visit the link below and enter your Mobile Number and you will receive 10GB instantly.”
But is OPay giving away data to celebrate five years of existence? We checked.
OPay anniversary competition
Africa Check found OPay’s official Facebook page. It has over 420,000 followers and is verified by Meta.
OPay previously urged customers to follow its verified social media accounts for competitions: “All giveaways, promotions and news updates are communicated through our verified channels only.”
Beware of engagement bait posts
We attempted to claim the promised data by clicking on the link attached to the Facebook post. We were required to enter our mobile number and service provider.
After entering a fake number, we were told that we qualified for the data. But there was a catch. We had to share the website with five groups or 15 friends on WhatsApp.
This is a tactic known as engagement bait. These are posts that require users to engage by commenting, sharing and liking. This increases their reach and drives traffic to the website. But in the end, there is no reward.
For more tips on how to protect yourself against online scams, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.
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