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Don’t get fooled by this scam appearing on UAE residents’ phones

Have you been sent a Whatsapp message claiming you can win $500 to mark IKEA’s 75th anniversary?


Sorry, but it’s a fake. Ikea put out a message on Facebook warning people not to share any information with the scammers.

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Users brought other scams to IKEA’s attention.

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However, not all IKEA promotions are fake. If you get an official email, or it is posted on their Facebook or website, you know it is real.

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By now we know (most of us) that the prince who needs to get money out of his country is not real, but here are some ways to identify more convincing scams:


If it sounds too good to be true

A $1000 for filling out a survey? That screams HOAX. Make sure to double-check before you do anything hasty.

Don’t rely on the display name 

If you get a promotional email, make sure to check the full email address. Don’t simply rely on the display name, as hackers can easily manipulate it.

Scaring you into submission 

Scammers often use scare tactics to make their victims act hastily. Some scammers claim they are police who have caught you doing something illegal on the internet. Out of fear, their victims sometimes pay them a ‘fine’.

Additionally, If you get an email promoting you to act urgently with a subject line like this: ‘QUICK: click on this promotion before it expires’, you know it’s probably a fraud.

Ask for personal information 

Remember this rule: Don’t give your personal information (such as credit card details) over email or text!

Be a grammar police 

Scam emails and messages are usually filled with typos and grammar errors. Common mistakes ‘their’ for they’re. The IKEA Whatsapp scam for instance says ‘thanks me later,’ a dead-giveaway that it is a scam.

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