Safaricom distanced itself from the promotion and website that purports to be an authentic Safaricom programme. The reward programme that has done the rounds on social media, and gaining steam on WhatsApp, is actually fake and is a scam.
The promotion, designed for sharing on WhatsApp, redirects those who click on the link to a bogus website, www.Safaricomreward.com. The prize money of Kshs 3,800 comes off as very enticing during these difficult times, tricking people into clicking the link.
The website then tricks recipients by asking them to check if their zone has been selected for the “Safaricom’s Loyal Customer Prize.” This is immediately followed by an acknowledgement that it is indeed shortlisted, and the user is requested to enter his/her phone number.
To look authentic, the user interface uses the Safaricom corporate logo and colours. After verification, users are asked to download an app to facilitate receiving the cash with Android and iPhone options. But clicking on the link redirects to affiliate links promoting forex trading.
Safaricom distanced itself from the promotion and website, warning the public that it is a scam. “Don’t be fooled, we always communicate any promotions via our official social media channels,” the company said on its verified Facebook page and Twitter accounts.
Safaricom said it was not running any such promotion and urged customers to be on the lookout for fraudsters and scammers. We would also like to reiterate that the company said its promotions are communicated through its official channels on social media.
safaricomrewardke.com are, therefore, a fraud to harvest phone numbers from the public and get them to click on the websites’ owners affiliate links, thus promoting their online marketing businesses. You have been warned.
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