The Kenya revenue collector, via its verified X account, has denounced the screenshot as photoshopped.
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This screenshot shared on X (formerly Twitter) supposedly by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) summoning social influencer “@Keam_254” for “fraudulent activities and tax evasion” is FAKE.
“Kindly avail yourself in our headquarters or any other KRA office near you in the next 24 hours,” part of the text on the screenshot reads.
The X screenshot states that KRA has established a bank account registered under the social influencer’s national identity card (ID) being used in illegal activities, including tax evasion.
The post, according to the screenshot, was shared on 30 July 2023 at 1:05 pm by KRA’s customer care verified X account — @KRAcare.
But did KRA post that post on its verified X account?
We did a side to side comparison of the screenshot versus an authentic X post and found glaring differences.
The first difference is that the KRA screenshot does not have the number of views, which is something that should appear in all X posts. Secondly, the purported KRA screenshot does not have the bookmark icon which appears on the legitimate X post.
We also did a Twitter advanced search of the KRA Care account and established that the revenue collector had not shared such a post.
However, we came across a post dismissing the screenshot we are debunking as “photoshop” in response to one of the people who shared the screenshot, KRA wrote.
There are a number of free fake tweet generators online that can create fake X screenshots that look real with a verified checkmark. The fake tweet generators have the ability to create screenshots showing a conversation, and also showing that someone has blocked you or your account has been suspended.
PesaCheck has looked into a screenshot shared on X (formerly Twitter) supposedly by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) summoning social influencer “@Keam_254” for “fraudulent activities and tax evasion” and found it to be FAKE.
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.
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The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.