On February 22, 2022, a Facebook account bearing the name of the Minister of Public Health (Minsanté) Manaouda Malachie posted a text promising financial assistance to the needy.
"To alleviate the suffering of the Cameroonian population and to help people out of misery, I have decided to grant funds to needy people to help them launch their businesses. Do not hesitate to let me know of your various financial or material needs. Sincerely Mr. MANAOUDA Malachie Minister of Health of Cameroon," reads the post full of grammatical and spelling mistakes.
Many Internet users believed the post is true and presented their “needs” thinking they were writing to the Minister of Health. Some were however skeptical. When Stop Bla Bla Cam reached out to the Ministry of Public Health’s communication department, we learned that the post was not from Minister Manaouda Malachie.
"Minister Manaouda Malachie does not have a Facebook account," said Clavère Nken, head of the communications department. The only official social media account the government official has is on Twitter and he is very active there. The account is certified as can be identified by the blue Twitter badge that shows that an account of public interest is authentic.
On Facebook, dozens of profiles impersonate the Minister of Public Health using his pictures. All of them are fake, however. “Recently, criminals lurking on social media have started using the digital identifiers, names, contact information, and titles of senior officials of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté) for unknown purposes," warned Manaouda Malachie in a statement on February 2, 2022, while asking internet users to beware.