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Beware, Youth Empowerment Fund is a scam On Facebook and WhatsApp

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Bettie K. Johnson-Mbayo, [email protected]

Claim: The National Youth Empowerment Funds is giving out
150,000 – 550,000 grant to every Citizen under the age 13-65 years from
2022-2024

Verdict: Scam

Full Text: A widely shared WhatsApp message claims that the
National Youth Empowerment Fund, is vision into giving out 150,000 – 550,000
grant to every Citizen under the age 13-65 years from 2022-2024 (it fails to
specify which country). It calls for this to be achieved through interested
persons applying and registering through their given website hosted at https://youth-empowerments.ethut.co.

The post promises grant of ‘150,000–550,000’’ to every
citizen under the age of 13–65 over the next three years. A National Youth
Empowerment Fund Application Form 2022, through which applicants can apply, has
been opened, it adds.

According to the post, April Payments has begun for all
applicants, and those interested should register via a link.

The post has been shared multiple times, as seen here and
here, and on different occasions, the currency has been changed purportedly to
target other countries.

Upon clicking on the provided link here, a user must fill a
form capturing personal details as the first step. Details such as date of
birth, origin, state and reason for seeking the funds are sought.

National Youth Empowerment Fund Application
Form 2022 Is Out

National
Youth Empowerment Funding Application Form 2022 online for registration
exercise which is the quickest to apply for is now out for all bonfire citizens
only who needs helping hands in their various Business and Education

The
National Youth Empowerment Funds is vision into giving out 150,000 – 550,000
grant to every Citizen under the age 13-65 years from 2022-2024. Age
25-65(400,000-700,000)

April
Payments has begun for all applicants, Register to be Part of the Beneficiaries

Strictly
for Students and Business owners

Check
Eligibility and Apply here
https://bit.ly/PYES-PORTAL

Verification: The Stage Media followed the link attached to
the WhatsApp message. It leads to a site on the internet with the URL https://youth-empowerments.ethut.co.
The page presents the visitor with a bold header relaying the message
Presidential Youth Empowerment Fund and is flaunted on the left by a logo that
is used by the official P-YES, on the right a coat of arms of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria and below are the Flags of Uganda, Ghana, Cameroun, Namibia
plus the Coat of arms of the Republic of Kenya.

After providing the details, three more questions about the
user’s employment status, marital status and age are asked, proceeding to the
next step.

The post then assures users that their funds have been
approved, but they must share the link with 15 friends or five groups on
WhatsApp before finally receiving the money.

After sharing the link with several friends on WhatsApp,
they are then asked to indicate how they want to receive their money in the
last step.

However, after choosing whichever option, users are not
sent the funds but are redirected to an e-commerce site. The exact process is
repeated, but no funds are disbursed, neither is there direction on how to
retrieve the alleged funds.

A WHOIS search
 on the website, https://youth-empowerments.ethut.co/,
that is advertising the grants shows that it is a portal that aggregates
scholarships and opportunities. The website was registered on 13 July 2021 and
is based in the United States.

Also, an analysis  of
the link on ScamDoc shows
that the website is 2% trusted and a very bad trust score, “Warning, only for
experienced users!

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Conclusion: Beware, the website is fraudulent TSM has looked
into the post advertising grants for the National Youth Empowerment Fund and
finds it to be a Scam.

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