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Claim That FG is Giving N50,000 Grant is FALSE

A claim circulating on social media says that the Federal Government has reopened its registration portal for a second batch of a N50,000 conditional presidential grant to Nigerian youths.

The claim, which is in the form of a text, has a link attached to it. Nigerian youths are instructed to click on the link to apply for the “Batch B Conditional Presidential Grant”.

It reads, “*FG ₦50,000 CASH TRANSFER (Batch B) PORTAL IS OPEN*

The Federal Government ₦50,000 Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (BATCH B) portal is open for Nigerian youth who are yet to receive their payment.
GET NOW https://lnkshk.com/fg-50k-cash-grant”

The viral claim found its way to the internet after the Federal Government had on the 24th of April 2024, announced its plan for the commencement of the Consumer Credit Scheme.

According to the State House statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, President Bola Tinubu has approved the takeoff of the first phase of the Consumer Credit Scheme.

“Consumer credit serves as the lifeblood of modern economies, enabling citizens to enhance their quality of life by accessing goods and services upfront, paying responsibly over time,” the release partly reads.
Iverify Nigeria observed that no credible media platform in the country reported the purported grant scheme, nor did the presidency make a statement in this regard.
This prompted iVerify Nigeria to determine the veracity of the claim.

Claim

FG is giving a N50,000 conditional presidential grant to Nigerian youths through a registration link.

Rating Justification

iVerify Nigeria checked this claim and found it to be FALSE.
A close look at the attached text shows a lack of professionalism in the manner it was written. A circular from the federal government is expected to have been properly written, devoid of grammatical and punctuation errors. The attached Uniform Resource Locator (URL) to direct users to the registration webpage also does not carry a Top-Level Domain (TLD) to indicate that it belongs to the government.
TLDs are used to indicate where a website belongs. “.org” belongs to an organisation, “.gov” belongs to a government. Webpages that genuinely belong to the Nigerian government usually carry the “.org.ng” domain.
To further verify the claim, we clicked on the attached link, which redirects users to a webpage that has N-POWER written boldly on the homepage, with the information that registrants should register for N30,000 N-POWER funds. This raises another suspicion, as the information on the webpage does not complement the one in the viral claim.
The website also collects basic information like name, phone number, and state. Upon filling in the required data, it redirects us to another page that collects bank account details. We input non-existent account details, and we received a congratulatory message, confirming that our application has been approved with instructions to send the links to 5 WhatsApp groups and 15 friends, after which we should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending the application. We are expected to receive confirmation emails, but at no point in the registration process did we input our email address.

A deeper observation of the claim shows that the intention of those behind it might have been for spamming. The circulation of fake links is usually with malicious intent to spread malware, phishing scams, or compromise users’ security and personal information. It is also used as a form of social engineering to trick people into revealing sensitive information about themselves.

iVerify Nigeria observed that the structure of the website is similar to that of claims that we have already Fact-checked to be false. These claims find their way to the internet when a similar discourse arises.

The claim that FG is giving N50,000 conditional presidential grants to Nigerian youths is FALSE, as findings show that the attached link is a phishing website that collects unsuspecting users’ information for malicious intent.
Members of the public are advised to verify the genuineness of links before clicking on them.