Claim: Viral post with links on social media platforms claims that Nestle Ghana and Melcom are giving 500 Ghana Cedis together with prizes to customers who participate in a survey to mark the anniversaries of these companies.
Nestle Ghana and Melcom say they are not conducting any surveys nor are they celebrating any anniversary.
Two posts making the rounds on some social media platforms, mainly WhatsApp, claim that Nestle Ghana and Melcom are giving out 500 Ghana cedis and other prizes randomly to 100 people who fill out a survey.
The post captioned Nestle 150th Anniversary Celebration and Melcom 30th Anniversary!, urges interested customers to use these links to take part in the survey. When users follow the link, it leads them to some websites with logos of Nestle and Melcom at the top left corner of the site with a notice to unsuspecting individuals that these companies are celebrating their anniversaries. A number of comments from people claiming to be winners are seen below the survey question.
“Today, you have been chosen to participate in our survey. It will only take you a minute and you will receive a fantastic prize! Each week we randomly choose 100 users to give them a chance to win amazing prizes. 500 Cedi! There will be 100 lucky winners. This survey aims to improve the quality of service for our users and your participation will be rewarded 100%. You only have 4 minutes and 16 seconds to answer this survey! Hurry up, the number of prizes available is limited!,” the purported link for Nestle Ghana reads.
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People are required to fill out four questions including whether they know Nestle, their age, what they think of Nestle, and their gender.
After the answers are verified, they are congratulated and given three attempts and asked to choose their prize from 12 similar boxes to get a chance to win those prizes.
Afterward, they are asked to share the link to 5 groups and tell 20 friends about the promotions, after which they are promised to receive the money.
It also has many comments of about 183 of supposed testimonies of past winners of the prizes.
Meanwhile, the purported link from Melcom Ghana reads,
“Congratulations! Melcom 30th Anniversary! Through the questionnaire, you will have a chance to get 500 Cedi”.
In this claim as well, people are again required to fill out four questions including whether they know Melcom, their age, what they think of Melcom, and their gender.
After their answers are verified, they are congratulated and given three attempts and asked to choose a prize from 12 similar boxes to get a chance to win those prizes.
Afterward, they are asked to share the link to five groups and tell 20 friends about the promotions, after which they are promised to receive the money.
Dubawa through a PSafe search result found that the link to both purported promotions are unsafe, and described as a suspected and unsafe site.
Moreover, both Nestle and Melcom, through emails, have told Dubawa that the survey links going viral are fake and that no anniversary celebrations are ongoing.
Melcom has also issued a disclaimer in the mail sent to Dubawa.
These two viral survey links are not from Nestle and Melcom. Both links are fake and should be ignored.
This report was produced under the Dubawa Student Fact-checking Project aimed at offering students in tertiary schools aspiring to take up roles in the profession the opportunity to acquire real-world experience through verification and fact-checking.