IN SHORT: A Facebook account using the name and photos of Kenyan actor Blessing Lung’aho promises easy cash prizes. But it’s another scam.
The Facebook account Blessings Madiba Citizen has been running promotions on a Facebook group in Kenya with over 135,000 members.
The account uses the name and photos of Kenyan actor Blessing Lung'aho. Lung’aho played the characters Mejja in Kenya’s TV drama series Maria and Madiba in another Kenyan drama series, Zora. The shows aired on Citizen TV.
The topics in the posts are wide ranging. Some ask users to name their favourite journalists and musicians to win KSh35,000. In others, it asks users to wish the actor a happy birthday.
It then compliments those who comment and asks them to get in touch on WhatsApp.
But is the Facebook account and its offers legit? We checked.
Fake Facebook account
Facebook allows public figures such as Lung’aho to verify their pages on the platform. These pages then have a “blue tick” verification badge.
The official Facebook page for Lung’aho is verified and has over 540,000 followers. No such offers exist on the page. It is unlikely that the actor would operate two Facebook accounts and dedicate the unverified one to promotions.
The suspect account asks users to engage privately over WhatsApp through a cellphone number provided for the promotions.
Africa Check WhatsApped the cellphone number to ask about the promotions and were told to deposit a “processing fee” of KSh250 first. We were told that the fee was a must. This is a clear indication that this Facebook page is just another scam.
The account in the actor’s name and its promotions are fake.
To protect yourself against scams, see our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.
Republish our content for free
For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false
A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?
Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.Publishers guide
Africa Check teams up with Facebook
Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.
The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.
You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.