Fact check: Osinbajo does not give grants to Nigerians as campaign support

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

To claim: A website (https://freeclaim-it.online/Osinbajogrants) posing as the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and promising grants on his behalf.

The site asked users to share their information via WhatsApp to get the grant.

Clicking on the link to the website takes you to a page with an image of Professor Osinbajo and the phrase “33,000 support funds” under a seal of approval.

Below is a message encouraging people to submit an application to receive the said. grants by completing a form provided for this purpose.

“Vice President, PROFESSOR YEMI OSINBAJO, Monday, April 11, 2022. Matching Grant of $33,0000 to individuals to support young people and all Nigerians to seek your support when expressing my interest in running for the position President of the Federal Government Republic of Nigeria.

My idea for the introduction of matching grants to make our country self-reliant,” the post read.

The application form questions seek personal information such as name, country of residence, and desired course of study.

By clicking on the “Apply Now” button, another page opens to congratulate the respondent for being selected to receive the said grant.

The message also asks the respondent to complete a multiple-choice questionnaire that seeks information about the applicant’s employment and marital status. It also asks respondents to indicate why they want the grant.

After answering the questions, a new page with a set of instructions for applicants appears.

The first instruction is for the user to click on the “Invite Friends/Group” button provided to share the grant information with 15 friends or five groups on WhatsApp.

This sequence mirrors many phishing scams that are modeled as giveaways aimed at extracting people’s personal information.

Scammers also use tactics similar to these to commit click fraud, a common scheme that lures users to fake websites with the promise of a reward.

After sending the invitation, the next step is to click on the “Get redemption code” button.

“If you do not complete this step correctly, the support page will not load,” reads a warning at the bottom of the page.

The post also has over 200,000 likes and people claiming to have accessed the grant, while a quick and continuous update is about 100,000 alleged grant recipients.

Verification: News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) investigation shows that there is no information about the said grant on Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s website, Facebook page or Twitter account.

While the domain name of the impostor’s website is “freeclaim-it.online”, that of Professor Osibanjo’s legitimate website is yemiosinbajo.ng.

WHOIS information on the impostor’s website reveals that he was registered on November 5, 2021 in Iceland.

On the other hand, the WHOIS information on Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s legitimate website shows that it was registered on December 25, 2017. A legitimate website usually contains an older registration date than the impostor’s website. .

Moreover, the legitimate domain of Professor Osinbajo website is registered with Example Inc in Lagos State Nigeria and the holder is Adegbenga Agoro.

Professor Yemi Osinbajo is one of the 2023 presidential candidates on the platform of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

Meanwhile, the Vice President’s Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, took to his Twitter account (https://twitter.com/akandeoj) to debunk the May 3, 2022 grant application.

Verdict: The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reviewed the website posing as the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, and pledging grants in his name, and found that it was of a hoax.

This fact check was written by Cecilia Ijuo, who works with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in conjunction with PesaCheck.(NAN)

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