A circulating WhatsApp message states that Bola Tinubu Support Organization (BTSO) is distributing 25,000 Naira to every Nigerian citizen.
The message, taken from a WhatsApp group, claimed that the newly increased fund was part of the Tinubu Support Grant, adding that it was available to all Nigerians who click on the link and complete the form.
The complaint reads as follows:
TINUBU 2022 SUPPORT ORGANIZATION
Hurry now and check if you are eligible to receive a (newly increased) N25,000 Support Fund under the TINUBU Support Grant.
This grant is available to all Nigerians
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, had on January 10, 2022 declared his intention to run for president in Nigeria’s 2023 general election, Premium Times reported.
Earlier in March 2021, the Bola Tinubu Support Organization (BTSO) was inaugurated in Abuja, The Nation newspaper reported.
The BTSO claimed on its website that it was “a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the aim of galvanizing support across the country for the actualization of the 2023 presidential candidacy of His Excellency, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban of the Kingdom of Borgu.
Tinubu [Bola Tinubu Support Organisation] invites Nigerian citizens to apply for the Bola Tinubu support organization funds.
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Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the request is FALSE.
Clicking on the link, archived here, directs users to a website with an image of Bola Tinubu and some text about BTSO along with an instruction: “Get your own ₦25,000 which used to be ₦19,800 by filling out the form below”.
It asks users to enter their names, mobile numbers, home addresses, and email addresses. Once these details are filled and submitted, it directs users to a totally different website archived here.
When the redirected website was checked on Whois search – a domain ownership search platform, it revealed that the website was registered by a certain Shadrack Ebimodeinghan Ebisco.
A look at the website the claim directs users to shows similar functionality with websites The FactCheckHub checked and found wrong here, here, here and here.
Likewise, Comrade Abubakar Kuso, the National Coordinator of BTSO had earlier in a post on his official website debunked the claim.
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“This is to inform the general public that at no time has the Bola Tinubu Support Organization (BTSO) given N25,000 or any amount as a grant to Nigerians. The link circulating on social media is FALSE and NOT TRUE.
Please disregard the link and do not provide your contact information when applying for a grant,” he wrote.
When The FactCheckHub contacted Ebisco via his mobile number extracted from the Whois database, he denied having created the phishing site.
“I am not the person who created it. Someone just used my name to create it. I do not know. I registered my website on NameCheap not whogohost,” he said The FactCheckHub by telephone.
Avoid falling victim to phishing scams
Overtime, The FactCheckHub have debunked many of these claims hiding under the guise of recruitment, support funds, empowerment program, government activity or free internet data.
These claims generally follow a similar modus operandi by targeting areas that would be of interest to a large number of people.
They are often shared through the WhatsApp platform. Often they impersonate a group, person or organization and they all have a link that they ask people to click on.
You can also read The FactCheckHub article on how to check viral posts shared via whatsapp.
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The claim that Tinubu [Bola Tinubu Support Organisation] invites Nigerian citizens to apply for funds from the support organization Bola Tinubu is FALSE.
This is reposted from the FactCheckHub.