“ATTENTION KENYANS!! Have you received your *KES 4,100* from the *GoK Funds*. I have already withdrawn mine and you can also get yours by visiting the official distribution site,” reads a message circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook.
GoK is short for “government of Kenya”.
The message links to a web page where people can supposedly apply for the money.
But is the offer genuine? We checked.
Text at the top of the web page reads: “Congratulations. You have been selected to benefit from the support provided by the GOK of funds worth KES 4,100.” This is even if a visitor hasn’t submitted any personal details.
The page asks visitors to answer a set of questions in order to get their reward “immediately”. They are required to indicate their business type.
Eventually, the site returns a message: “After considering your answers, set the subsidy amount to KES 4,100 and complete the steps to obtain the withdrawal code from the electronic counter.”
But below is another condition: “You may get the subsidy with only one step, please click the ‘Invite Friends/Group’ button to share the subsidy information with 5 groups or 15 friends on WhatsApp.”
The call to share with friends is a sign that this is an engagement bait scam. These scams ask people to interact by liking, commenting or sharing. The more people interact with a post, the greater its reach.
The Kenyan government has not announced any such offer. The message is just a different version of a scam using the name of the World Health Organization, which Africa Check has already debunked. Read our guide on how to avoid similar scams.
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