IN SHORT: “Kentank”, a brand name used by one of Kenya’s major water tank manufacturers, is being used by at least two fake accounts on Facebook to scam the public. Don’t fall for their up to 40% discounts.
One advert, published on 22 March 2023, reads: “We as Kenya’s Number one Plastic Tanks producer are rewarding our clients this rainy season with unbelievable sale!! Do not be left out!!! order yours today!!!”
Both Facebook pages are linked to a site with the URL kentainers.shop that promises discounts of up to 40% and free delivery countrywide.
But are the Facebook pages and the offers to be trusted? We checked.
Signs of a scam
We noted that both pages are linked to the same website and each has less than 250 followers. It is unlikely that a reputable company, operating for many years in Kenya, would just be starting out on social media.
Kentanks uses two websites with different URLs – kentainers.shop and kentainers.online. This is a red flag since it is unlikely for a company selling the same product to create and run two websites at the same time.
To help protect yourself against scams like this, see Africa Check’s guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.