• The fact-checker has established the message is not from the bank and does not exist on its website or in any social media platform.
• From the questions, errors can be recognised in terms of punctuations.
The Co-operative Bank of Kenya that was founded in 1965 is a commercial bank and the largest economy in the East African Community.
The bank was established in 1966, initially as a cooperative society. The banking license was granted in 1968.
The bank is on its 55th anniversary since it was established.
It serves the banking needs of individuals, small businesses, and large corporations, focusing on the needs of cooperative societies in the country.
But recently, there have been messages going around on social media claiming to be from the bank.
The message is claiming to be giving out Sh9,000 to everyone as it celebrates its 55th anniversary.
“Congratulations! Co-op Bank Kenya 55th Anniversary!”
According to the message, the winners will be taken through a questionnaire, before having a chance to get the money.
The questions include: Do you know Co-op Bank Kenya ? How do you think of Co-op Bank Kenya ?”
From the questions, errors can be recognised in terms of punctuations.
By simply clicking the given site, the user is being congratulated even before answering the questions.
Also, whether the questions are answered rightly or wrongly, the next step is the same, where the user is being asked to select the correct box with the prize inside, with three attempts. Given.
After clicking the box, which is being claimed to contain the price, the user is being told that:
“Congratulation! did it! You won 9000 Shilling. THE RULES:
- You must tell 5 groups or 20 friends about our promotions.
- Enter your address and complete registration.
- The gifts will be delivered within 5-7 days”
The final step is that the user must share the same message with five groups or twenty friends before receiving the cash.
“Unfortunately. You have to share with friends about our event. Share until the blue bar is full!”
The fact-checker has established the message is not from the bank and does not exist on its website or on any social media platform.
It is a scam. The site is deceptive with the intention to lure innocent people to visit the site, where their devices might end up being corrupted.
The site contains harmful programs that are meant to interfere with the user’s device.
Here, the user becomes a victim of the site the moment he/she clicks on it, and immediately, the user might end up installing certain programs that will cause interference.