Nelson Mandela lobby raises red flag over Kenyan cyber scam

The website demands Sh100 registration fee in order to submit a funding application.

Tuesday February 16 2016

A screen grab of the Nelson Foundation Kenya. The Nelson Mandela Foundation has distanced itself from the Nelson Foundation Kenya, a site that claims to offer “funding assistance to start-up businesses”. PHOTO | SCREEN GRAB | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A screen grab of the Nelson Foundation Kenya. The Nelson Mandela Foundation has distanced itself from the Nelson Foundation Kenya, a site that claims to offer “funding assistance to start-up businesses”. PHOTO | SCREEN GRAB | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By EUNICE KILONZO
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A foundation affiliated to the late South African icon Nelson Mandela has raised the alarm over a suspected cyber scam operating in Kenya.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) has distanced itself from the Nelson Foundation Kenya, a site that claims to offer “funding assistance to start-up businesses”.

The NMF last week put up an alert on its website nelsonmandela.org stating: “The site (of the Nelson Foundation Kenya) claims to offer funding assistance to start-up businesses, asking for a registration fee of 100 Kenyan shillings in order to submit a funding application.

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“The site uses the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund logos, but it has no affiliation, whatsoever, to either organisation and should be regarded with suspicion,” said the warning.

The site, nelsonfoundationkenya.com, on its page says: “We fund business ideas up to a minimum of Sh200,000 and maximum of Sh500,000 nonrefundable, our team of business field experts will come to train you.”

The website has pictures of the late South African president as well as those from the authentic foundation and some of its texts are plagiarised from other websites.

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