NTV's Smriti Vidyarthi Exposes Scheme Fleecing Kenyans

  • NTV anchor Smriti Vidyarthi at the studio
    NTV anchor Smriti Vidyarthi at the studio
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  • NTV anchor Smriti Vidyarthi on Thursday, November 19, exposed an online scam that has allegedly been swindling Kenyans using her name and picture.

    Taking to her official social media accounts, the journalist disclosed that an imposter was using her name to dupe people online.

    "The person has been impersonating me on Facebook and WhatsApp, and is also using the accounts to solicit for money!

    "Please note that the accounts are fake. Do not get conned into parting with any money," she stated.

    The fake profile NTV Anchor Smriti Vidyarthi raised an alarm over on November 19, 2020.
    The fake profile NTV Anchor Smriti Vidyarthi raised an alarm over on November 19, 2020.
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    Vidyarthi further revealed that she had escalated the matter to the relevant authorities.

    She got people to report the profile on Facebook as an imposter and was eventually pulled down only for another account to be set up minutes later with fake details.

    "The photographs and information and friends were removed from the first fake account, but the imposter has now created another account with new photos and new fake information about me," she stated.

    Incidences of imposters on social media are common as social media specialist Stacey Nduta explains.

    Nduta advises people to often carry out social media audit which involves carrying out a name search to see if there are any accounts portraying themselves as you.

    "Once identified, you can easily report them under their profiles and you can even get people to help you to take it down, which is more efficient because if the social media platform gets an influx of reports they treat it as urgent and take action," she explained.

    She further elucidated on how to identify a fake account.

    "The first thing is to check the name. Most fake accounts have misspelled names or unnecessary numbers. 

    "Inconsistency in posting or sentiments is also a red flag. For public figure's lookout for lack of a blue tick as most are verified," she pointed out.

    Nduta added that the number of followers is something that should be considered when spotting a parody account.

    A screenshots of accounts parodying President Uhuru Kenyatta. The President suspended his official social media pages in Mar 2019.
    A screenshot of accounts parodying President Uhuru Kenyatta. The president suspended his official social media pages in March 2019.
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