“This is part of 2021 budget to support all Nigerian students. Registration Portal has been Opened and Payment has began,” the Whatsapp message reads.
The message links to a website where students can supposedly apply.
TETFund was established in 2011 by Nigeria’s federal government to manage education tax funds for government-owned tertiary education institutions.
But is the fund giving out N30,000 to students? We checked.
‘Please do not open the link’
The website’s landing page is an online form in which people are asked to enter their personal details such as name, address, phone number, email address, state of origin, date of birth and name of institution in order to apply.
Africa Check entered random details in the forms and, despite the information being wrong, were immediately taken to the next page, which displays the message “602223 Registration slots Left TETFUND GRANT”. We were then asked another series of questions, and told we had to share the link with five WhatsApp groups to get the money.
But the fund has posted a screenshot of the message on its Instagram page, stamped “SCAM ALERT”. It includes a warning: “Our attention has been drawn to a fraudulent message currently circulating on Whatsapp platforms and Social Media.”
It adds: “We want to make it clear that TETFund has no relationship with the fraudulent message. The message claims TETFund is paying bursaries to students and directs you to a website that asks for personal information.
“PLEASE DO NOT OPEN THE LINK.”
The warning was also posted on Facebook.
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