It was a Sunday evening at exactly 17:06 on the 11th of December 2022 that a notification popped on my phone reading; “You are invited to work with your mobile phone and earn 62,200 UGX every day. For details, please click the Whatsapp link to contact us: (WhatsApp link)”
At first, I ignored the message but about 30 minutes later, I clicked the link, which led me to a WhatsApp chat with a UK-based contact number; +44 7518472609. I sent a “hi” message and here are the screenshot of our chat
Here; he was asking me to install the App but unfortunately, you cannot install their App on iOS. Upon realizing that, he deleted the messages and asked me to trade using their website.
Down here, he shares how I can make my first deposit using mobile money
I asked him whether he was the person in the profile picture to which he said yes. But remember he introduced himself as Elina. The profile picture he claimed to be a portrait representation of Elina is actually one of the photos of a model called Marina Bondarko.
Other Photos of Marina Bandarko
Century Ranch: Scam or Legit
After this long chat, I can easily conclude that this is a scam similar to BLQ. A few people can benefit from it but very soon it will close abruptly. What caught my eye was the fact that they use local telecom operators to send for them SMS texts. The one I received read GWSMS.
Another issue that caught my eye was the fact that this time round, the phone numbers receiving the money are visible.
The MTN contact through which Century Ranch receives money is the name of Mariam Kwagala. It is not clear whether Mariam is associated with this click of scammers but what is clear, is the fact that MTN deposits are made on her number. The Century Ranch airtel contact read Patrick Tibahwa. It is also not clear whether he is one of the people behind this scam but what is clear is the fact that he receives airtel money deposits on behalf of Century Ranch.