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No, popular Kenyan actor Lucy Maina not running promotions and offering cash rewards on Facebook. ‘Becky Gift’ account run by imposters

IN SHORT: A Facebook account using the stage name of actor Lucy Maina is actively posting what it calls promotions, promising huge cash rewards to users who take part. But it’s fake and its offers are not to be trusted.

The Facebook account Becky Gift would have you believe it belongs to Kenyan actor Lucy Maina. She plays the lead character in the TV drama series Becky on Kenya’s Citizen TV.

The account uses photos of Maina and other actors from the series to run promotions across public Facebook groups.

The so-called promotions typically ask simple questions and promise users large amounts of money. 

The posts have attracted hundreds of likes and comments from users and have been published here and here.

But is the account and its offers to be trusted? We checked.

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Signs of scam

The account has three profile picture updates and only one photo is of Maina. It also has no other posts, including promotions, on its timeline. This is the first sign of a scam. Imposter accounts usually post promotions on Facebook groups, but have little to no activity on their timelines.

We also found that the account was responding to users in the comments section, encouraging them to take the conversation to WhatsApp. Requests for private engagement are usually clear indicators of a scam. Usually, the accounts will ask users to pay an “unlocking” or “registration” fee. But once you’ve paid this fee, there is no reward. 

We checked the actor’s official Instagram account Lucy Maina and found no such promotions.

The account in the actor’s stage name and its promotions are fake.

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