Posted on: September 10, 2021 Posted by: Kamadi Amata Comments: 0

The page does not link to the legitimate Jumia website and asks customers to share the information with others in order to redeem the gifts.

Syndicated story by PesaCheck.

website mimicking the branding of e-commerce retailer, Jumia, and promising gifts in its name is a HOAX.

The domain of the website is oficayuda.club, which is not the legitimate website of the online retailer registered as jumia.co.ke.

When a user clicks on the impostor website link, a message that reads “deceptive site ahead” appears, indicating that the website we are debunking is dubious.

“Attackers on oficayuda.club may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information,” reads the warning notification that is displayed upon clicking on the link.

Ignoring the warning and clicking on the link directs users to a page with a message informing them that Jumia is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

This is strange since the e-commerce retailer marked its 9th anniversary in June 2021. It also asks users to answer the questionnaire provided for a chance to win one of 78 gifts from the retail chain, Carrefour.

The questionnaire asks for information on whether the user knows Jumia, what their customer experience with the retailer is, and whether they would recommend it to their friends. It also asks them to provide information about their age.

After answering the questions, a new message pops up, informing the user that their answers have been successfully saved.

Further instructions require the participant to select a gift box from the set of boxes provided and have three attempts to correctly pick the one containing their reward.

Once the user chooses the ‘correct’ box, another message pops up acknowledging that they have won a Huawei Mate 40 Pro smartphone. However, in order to redeem the said gift, the instructions require the user to share information about the promotion and provide their address. Curiously, there is no mention of Carrefour or how it comes into the process whatsoever.

Once the user agrees to the terms by clicking on the ‘OK’ button, a new message appears with a WhatsApp icon. Clicking on the icon will enable the user to forward the information about the promotion to five WhatsApp groups or 20 friends.

The message to be shared invites other users to click on the link to the website in question in order to win free mobile phones, indicating that this may be a phishing scam.

A WHOIS search of the imposter website shows that it was created on 9 May 2020 in Arizona, US.

That of legitimate Jumia shows it was created on 26 June 2012.

PesaCheck has looked into the website mimicking the branding of e-commerce retailer, Jumia, and promising gifts in its name and finds it to be a HOAX.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake news or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Simon Muli and edited by PesaCheck deputy editor Rose Lukalo. The article was approved for publication by managing editor Enock Nyariki.

PesaCheck is East Africa’s first public finance fact-checking initiative. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is being incubated by the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It seeks to help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on pronouncements about public finances that shape government’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) public services, such as healthcare, rural development and access to water/sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. To find out more about the project, visit pesacheck.org.

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