Recently, announcements of an online competition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Société Anonyme des Brasseries du Cameroun (SABC) went viral on social media. The competition consisted of four questions to which participants had to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to win money.
On the webpage of that supposed competition, there is a message welcoming participants and informing them that they can win up to XAF100,000.
The webpage also includes reviews from supposed participants who claim they have won several prizes encouraging other people to take part.
The competition is all a scam, according to SABC. The brewer assures that it published no such ad, which is the creation of "Ill-intentioned individuals eager for easy gain”. They are “impersonating SABC Group to scam its loyal consumers. SABC Group, renowned agribusiness leader, has not organized any competition to award prizes,” the group wrote on its Facebook page on October 25, 2021.
There is no trace of such an announcement on the SABC website or its social media pages, Facebook and Twitter notably.
For Samuel Ngué, the webpage has been created to hack users, so no one is advised to open it. The aim of the hackers behind such pages is to retrieve and sell users’ information or even blackmail them with that information, we learn.
Created on February 3, 1948, SABC celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2018 with two free concerts in Yaoundé (June 22) and Douala (June 24). So, since the company celebrated its 70th anniversary close to three years ago, it is obvious that the competition announcement is inaccurate, thus fake certainly.