This link circulating on WhatsApp claims to offer Kshs 9,000 to people who fill out a questionnaire. Information on the site indicates that the money is apparently being offered by Safaricom in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The site further contains the Safaricom logo and an image of a Safaricom store.
A Piga Firimbi analysis titled ‘COVID-19 and the Proliferation of Lockdown Relief Package Scams’ covers the surge in online scams during the pandemic. The report states that WhatsApp has been among the top channels where misinformation is spread, especially due to its end-to-end encrypted feature that makes it difficult to trace fake news.
Safaricom, being the most popular telecommunications channel, has previously been used in spreading misinformation. Such includes a WhatsApp post that claimed Safaricom was running a Christmas Promotion awarding Kshs 7,000 and another post claiming that Safaricom was supposedly offering cash gifts to loyal subscribers.
In response to concerns about the promotion, Safaricom cautioned the public not to participate in the survey, as it is a scam. Safaricom further issued a statement warning against sharing information from sources purporting to be Safaricom, as all their social media accounts- where they share news, updates, or promotions- are verified.
Our official and verified pages on all platforms are @SafaricomPLC where we share latest news and updates and provide online support to all our customers. Do not share your information with any other fake pages claiming to be Safaricom #JichanueAndTakeControl pic.twitter.com/qo05BLeuRW
— Safaricom PLC (@SafaricomPLC) July 28, 2021
The link claiming to offer Ksh9,000 for Safaricom’s 30th anniversary is FAKE.
This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.