The WhatsApp Africa account appeared on Twitter as a promoted tweet on 27 August that read: “We are giving away free what’s app data for the whole of September, Follow and retweet. Comment with your WhatsApp number.”
The tweet received 182 retweets, 218 likes, and 137 replies at the time of writing this article. Some users even replied with their mobile numbers believing the scam to be true. Others questioned the legitimacy of the account, which is not verified by Twitter and is not linked to WhatsApp’s official website.
Who the heck is WhatsApp Africa? pic.twitter.com/OJJhDMTkPb
— IamFranco (@Zuks_Franco) ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 27, 2018
The account dupes users with a familiar logo and format of a giveaway, which is common for cellphone networks to do but WhatsApp does not control people’s data, cellphone networks do.
We are giving away free what’s app data for the whole of September
Follow and retweet
Comment with your WhatsApp number
— WhatsApp Africa (@whatsapp_Africa) ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 27, 2018
Another red flag is their previous posts, which are mostly memes and reposts from celebrities and influencers. Their recent tweet was a retweet from South African hip-hop star AKA. Here are some other retweets from them: