Nigeria: Scam Alert! Beware Bogus ‘National Youth Empowerment Fund’ Offer On WhatsApp and Facebook in Nigeria | #datingscams | #lovescams

A message promoting an amateur-looking website titled “National Youth Empowerment Fund Application Form 2022 Is Out” is circulating on Facebook and WhatsApp in Nigeria.

“National Youth Empowerment Funding Application Form 2022 online for registration exercise which is the quickest to apply for is now out for all bonafide citizens only who needs helping hands in their various business and education,” the message reads.

The site’s homepage presents visitors with a bold header: “Presidential Youth Empowerment Fund”. It shows the flags and coats of arms of African countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.

It says the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES) is “aiming to create at least 774,000 empowerment opportunities through direct youth empowerment over a period of two years”.

P-YES is a Nigerian public-private partnership run by the office of the president’s special assistant on youth and students’ affairs.

The homepage includes a form where people can supposedly apply for the grant.

But is the site – and the “National Youth Empowerment Fund” – genuine?

The usual engagement bait

A Carbon Dating The Web search reveals that the site was registered on 5 April 2022 at 19:09.

After filling in the application form, the website instructs applicants to share the post with 15 friends or five WhatsApp groups.