You must beware! Viral post ‘Yemi Osinbajo Support Fund’ in circulation is FALSE

A VIRAL message circulating on WhatsApp in Nigeria claimed that Professor Yemi Osinbajo through his campaign group was giving 33,000 Naira as a support grant to every Nigerian.

The message, retrieved from WhatsApp on May 31, 2022, claimed that the N33,000 is a support grant from the campaign support group of Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a presidential aspirant on the All Progressives Congress platform ( PCA).

The complaint reads as follows:

“PROF YEMI OSINBAJO ₦33,000 GRANT FOR NIGERIANS.

Hurry now and check if you are eligible to receive ₦33,000 support grant from VP YEMI OSINBAJO campaign support.

This grant is available to all Nigerians.

“APPLY HERE”

Osinbajo officially declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election via his verified social media credentials on April 11, 2022, CIRI reported.

“I declare today, with the utmost humility, my intention to stand for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the APC,” Osinbajo’s statement read in part.

Prior to the official declaration of Osinbajo’s presidential candidacy, several branches of Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s Support Group (PYO) had been inaugurated in states across Nigeria, The Punch newspaper reported.

REQUIREMENT

Professor Yemi Osinbajo awards each Nigerian support grant N33,000.

A screenshot of the viral claim on WhatsApp.

THE RESULTS

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Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the request is FAKE.

Clicking on the link, archived here, directs users to a website displaying Osinbajo’s image as well as information about the grant with instructions on how users should enter their personal information to apply.

The details required to access the grant include name, telephone number, address and email address. It said “This offer is available until July 2022” on the webpage when scrolling down.

After the required details are filled and submitted, it directs users to another page displaying congratulatory texts with an instruction that they should invite friends to get a redemption code.

A screenshot of the phishing website.
A screenshot of the phishing website.

A look at the website shows that its URL and webpage have similar functionality to some websites The FactCheckHub had previously verified to be false as seen here, here, here, here and here.

When the web link was subjected to an anti-malware test using McAfee WebAdvisor, the result indicated that “This site contains potentially harmful content that could harm your computer”.

McAfee WebAdvisor is a service that reports on website safety by crawling the web and testing the sites it finds for malware and spam.

Screenshot of anti-malware test result on web link using McAfee WebAdvisor.
Screenshot of anti-malware test result on web link using McAfee WebAdvisor.

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Further verification revealed that the APC presidential hopeful campaign support group believed to be behind this viral WhatsApp claim is known as the Osinbajo Support Movement (OSM).

On its official website, the Osinbajo Support Movement claimed that it was a “group of patriotic Nigerians determined to ensure that the brilliant, hardworking, reliable and patriotic Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, competes and wins the presidential election of 2023”.

When The FactCheckHub contacted the OSM through one of its social media platforms, he said the allegation was false.

“It’s not from the vice president (Yemi Osinbajo), sir. This is absolutely fake news,” a page admin said in response to our reporter’s query.

THE VERDICT

The claim that Professor Yemi Osinbajo gives every Nigerian N33,000 as support grant is FAKE; the results show that it is a phishing website.

This article is republished from The FactCheckHub. Read the original article.

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