“If you are a student, get a chance to win a phone to attend online classes. Because of this pandemic period, Nokia is ready to give away 550 phones to students to be attending online classes. Free phones for students and your children,” the post reads.
“To win a Nokia phone, comment a lot of ‘N’ to have a big chance to win! No scammer please let’s help! Then come inbox! via the ‘send message’ button below with the screenshot!”
But is this a genuine Nokia promotion? We checked.
‘Public should be careful’
Africa Check asked Nokia about the post.
“It is fraud,” the Nokia Mobile Care department told us.
“Please note that our offers can only be found on the official Nokia website: https://www.nokia.com/. The public should be careful about that.” – Dancan Bwire
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