Is This Website Claiming to Offer Gifts to Safaricom Customers Legitimate?

By Cynthia Kanyali

This website claims to offer gifts to Safaricom customers. The site’s link is only accessible via mobile web. It invites Safaricom’s mobile network users to check if they have been selected for the “Safaricom 2021 Customers Gifts”.

If a customer clicks on the “Check it” button, they are redirected to a page requesting their contacts.

Verification

A search on WHOIS reveals that the website was created on 8 July 2021, under the domain name safcomkenya.club.

This does not match the information relating to Safaricom’s official website, which according to WHOIS search results, was registered on 12 February 2003, under the domain name safaricom.co.ke.

Further, this fact checker reached out to Safaricom’s head of fraud, Patrick Kinoti, who distanced the telecom from the website and urged clients of the telecommunications provider to be vigilant and avoid such fraudsters.

Similarly, in a video shared on YouTube by the mobile service provider, Kinoti says the company is set to educate users on how to detect fraudsters.

“Currently we have started a campaign called an ‘all is on’ campaign using different channels. So we have above the line which we go on the media using the radio, TV and other channels like SMS… our target is to get 100 percent of our customers trained,” Kinoti says in the video.

Verdict

PesaCheck has looked into a website claiming to offer gifts to Safaricom customers and finds it to be a HOAX.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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