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FACT CHECK: Is Davido Giving Out Free Airtime and Data in Celebration of His Uncle Adeleke’s Success in Osun Governorship Election?

CLAIM: Davido is giving out free 5k airtime and 10GB data in celebration of his uncle’s success in the Osun Governorship election.

VERDICT: FALSE AND MISLEADING

CONTEXT: Since July 18, 2022, aftermath the declaration of Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) winner of Osun governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Social media platforms, particularly WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter have been dominated by a broadcast message, with claim; “Osun Decides 2022 Davido Is Giving Out Free 5k Airtime Voucher And 10GB Data As Way Of Celebrating And Saying Thank you For Voting His Uncle Adeleke As The Winner Of the 2022 Election, Hurry Now And Get Yours”. On the message, links for different network options were providers.

VERIFICATION: CDD fact-checkers looked to verify the claim’s authenticity by assessing the links in the broadcast message to be used by those interested members of the public, expectedly resident of the Osun State. A click on any of the links’ redirects to what looks like a fake Blogspot with comments and appraisals from those who have allegedly gotten the free airtime. However, once a number is inputted, the site begins to process and afterward stops responding.

Further checks and critical analysis of the website through fact-checking tools revealed it to be a phishing website created by scammers to mislead the public into providing personal information. The website was also flagged as unsafe and containing misleading content by the web browser in use.

CONCLUSION: CDD-Fact Checkers can confirm that the claim is false. David Adeleke, AKA Davido, the music icon, whose uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke was recently elected Governor of Osun state is not giving out Free N5,000 airtime voucher and 10GB of Data as a way of celebrating and saying thank you for voting his uncle, Ademola Adeleke. We can confirm that the message trending on social media is clickbait.

WHY WE FACT CHECKED THIS: We fact-checked this as the intention of phishing websites like this is to make people believe it is legitimate. Today, phishing schemes have gotten more varied, and are potentially more dangerous than before.

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