TBEN expressed concern on Thursday, January 12, about a website that appeared to mislead users into thinking it was owned by the government.
The domain name registration website, Hustlers(dot)vijana(dot)buzz, asked TBEN to submit crucial identification details as part of the process of getting Hustlers Fund.
It is important to note that the website is fake!
The comments section of the website lists skewed but strategically mapped answers that seem to confirm that the fake website is real.
President William Ruto (center) tries out a new motorcycle while interacting with traders at the official launch of the Hustlers’ Fund on November 30, 2022.
“I received Ksh150,000 from this program last month, am happy. Thanks to the founder of this program,” commented one user.
The others also claimed that they received the Hustlers Fund through the website which is clearly fake.
“Just follow the instructions and you will understand. I have my funds now,” another user blatantly claimed.
On the website, the developers of the website claimed to have made the Hustlers Empowerment Fund application process easier.
“Hustlers Empowerment Fund application form 2022/2023 is now available. Hustlers Empowerment Funding Application Form 2022/2023 Online Registration Exercise which is the fastest to apply for is now available only to all bona fide citizens who need helping hands in their various business and education *The *Payments* have commenced for all applicants, Register to to be Part of the beneficiaries,” wrote on the website.
The website registered on December 2, 2022 claims that users must first provide their name, identification numbers and phone numbers before completing the process.
The website also asked users to share the same link with their contacts on WhatsApp, mobile phones and emails.
In particular, official details about the Hustlers Empowerment Fund can be accessed on the program’s website.
To access the funds, TBEN are advised to use a USSD code to apply for the loan disbursed through mobile money wallets.
The Hustlers Empowerment Fund has been hugely accepted by many TBEN, despite some challenges, including a lawsuit over the process used to bring it about.
The official website of the Hustlers Empowerment Fund is www(dot)hustlerfund(dot)go(dot)ke. At the same time, users can also access the loan via USSD code *254#.
Commerce Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria (center) enjoys roasted corn as he interacts with traders at the Green Park Terminus ahead of the official launch of the Hustlers’ Fund on Nov. 30, 2022.