Beware! Facebook page offering cash from Kenyan senator run by imposter

A post on the Facebook page “Senator Gideon Moi” claims the senator is “giving out KSh15,000 to all Kenyan citizens to help them at this difficult season”.

Moi is the senator for Baringo County.

“In order to get this help, kindly inbox me your M-Pesa number in order to serve you as fast as possible because I understand Kenyans are in difficult positions,” the post says.

M-Pesa is a mobile money transfer system widely used in Kenya.

“Send your number through the inbox because we have some con men who may misuse your number pretending to be I. That’s why I need you to send the number via my inbox,” it adds.

Africa Check has exposed an earlier post on the same Facebook page that also offered Kenyans thousands of shillings.

This one is also false.

‘Fake account someone has created’

“Those are lies,” Alex Kiprotich, the senator’s communication aide, told us. “That’s a fake account that someone has created.”

The fake page was created on 2 April 2020 and has just over 900 followers. 

Kiprotich said the senator’s official Facebook page, created in June 2015, had more than 225,000 followers. – Dancan Bwire


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