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Kenya: Ignore Scam Facebook Page Impersonating Kenyan President Ruto

by kenya-tribune

IN SHORT: Another year, another Facebook page offering Kenyans loans in the name of a famous politician. Beware Kenyans, president William Ruto is not handing out quick loans on a page riddled with spelling mistakes, including his own name.

A Facebook page with the unlikely name of “Softloans Presdent Ruto” is offering quick loans to Kenyan users.

The account uses the name – if misspelled – and photos of Kenyan president William Ruto.

One of its posts, dated 9 January 2023, reads: “Hello again? Today am supporting my fans through online loans. In the following things: school fee, rent, business, bills.”

“Taja yenye umelemewa kulipa nikusaidie. Then immediately inbox me your number and name,” it adds. This Kiswahili part translates to: “Mention the one that has burdened you I will help.”

Another recent post congratulates those it says received the funds and promises to give another 20 people KSh60,000 each.

On 2 December 2022, a post claimed it was giving Facebook users “hustler funds”.

The hustler fund is a KSh50 billion state-backed scheme to provide cheap loans, including to small businesses. It was one of the campaign pledges by Ruto in the run-up to the 9 August elections.

The posts have been reposted widely, including on a Facebook group with thousands of members.

But is the Facebook page really run by the president and are these loans legit? We checked.