June 24, 2024
Kenyatta University Warns Students Of Facebook Page Advertising Non-existent Online Courses

Kenyatta University Warns Students Of Facebook Page Advertising Non-existent Online Courses

A Facebook page claims that Kenyatta University in Kenya is providing free online courses.

It also says that students will get a certificate, notebooks, and a laptop. This is a bogus opportunity.

According to the Facebook page Online Education, Kenyatta University, a public university in Kenya, offers free online courses.

The post reads: “Starting from March 29, 2024, Kenyatta University will provide free online college courses … ”

It adds that in addition to a certificate and notebooks, students will receive a laptop. The post has received over 3,000 likes and 600 comments.

According to the page, the courses are open to applicants aged 20 to 80. But can we trust this opportunity? We checked.

Fake advertisements for online courses

The page provides a link to “https://bitly.ws/3gq4F”. It is a shortened URL generated by Bitly, a popular URL-shortening service and link management platform.

We used EasyDMARC’s tool to determine whether this was a phishing link.

EasyDMARC is a cybersecurity firm that provides a phishing link checker to ensure that you do not accidentally click on malicious links that could lead to identity theft or financial loss.

We used the tool to analyze the link. The results revealed that, while the link was “clean” of phishing attempts, it did not lead to the Kenyatta University website.

Another telltale sign of an illegitimate opportunity is an offer that appears too good to be true.

According to the post, students will be provided with laptop computers, which is impractical for a public university in Kenya.

Furthermore, Kenyatta University’s primary business is to provide in-person college courses, so offering them for free and online is suspicious.

Kenyatta University shared a screenshot of the post with the word “fake” printed in red.

“Kindly Beware of this Online Education Sponsored Fake Advert on Social media Platforms,” reads the post on the institution’s official Facebook page.

NOTE: This article was produced by AfricaCheck.

Kenyatta University Warns Students Of Facebook Page Advertising Non-existent Online Courses

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