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HOAX: This purported World Vision Foundation promotion is a scam

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The humanitarian agency has disowned the claim.

This Facebook post advertising a World Vision Foundation promotion in Kenya is a HOAX.

The post shares a screenshot of a purported M-PESA text message claiming that the author had received KSh26,000 from the foundation.

As such, the author encourages social media users to participate in the alleged promotion by sending the word “business” to a provided WhatsApp number.

But is the post authentic?

To start with, the purported M-PESA message on the post has the confirmation code “RJN9ALMNH5”. The same code appears on messages shared by other users, as seen here and here.

This is a red flag because the transactions were made by different users on different days, and therefore, they should each have a unique confirmation code.

Moreover, the listed telephone number is different from 0711 086000, which is on the World Vision Kenya Facebook page.

A Truecaller search for the telephone number on the post we are debunking indicated that it belongs to a user named Bs. A similar search for the contact provided on World Vision’s Facebook page confirmed that the number belonged to the humanitarian agency.

We checked World Vision’s websiteFacebook page, and X account (formerly Twitter) for any promotion, but there was none.

PesaCheck contacted World Vision Kenya on X and established that the promotion is not authentic.

“Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It’s important to clarify that this is not genuine. We don’t conduct such promotions, and we strongly caution everyone against falling for this scam,” World Vision said.

PesaCheck examined a Facebook post advertising a promotion by a foundation using the name of World Vision Kenya and found 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 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 Rodgers Omondi and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.

Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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