It says 10,000 people will win prizes ranging from generators and smartphones to clothes. To win, users have to type “Jumia” in the comments.
“Note: Make sure you message us,” it adds. Posts that ask for people’s personal information via direct message are often scams.
Is the promotion genuine?
‘We are not running any such competition’
Jumia is headquartered in Nigeria and operates in 10 other African countries, including Kenya, Egypt and Tanzania.
Africa Check showed Jumia Kenya a screenshot of the promotion on Facebook Messenger and asked if it was genuine.
“We are currently not running any such competition on our page or website,” they said. “The link to our official Jumia page is https://www.facebook.com/JumiaKenya.”
Blue tick for verified accounts
“Kindly note that all our Jumia official accounts are verified,” Jumia added. “We don’t have any other pages other than @JumiaKenya on ALL platforms. By verification we mean ALL our channels have the blue tick.”
The Facebook page “Jumia Free Shopping Voucher April” does not have a blue tick. – Dancan Bwire
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