Team shortlist06 Jun 2017 AT 01:10 PM

Expo 2020 Dubai warns public about fake competition scam

If you receive a call claiming that you've won money, report it
Team shortlist06 Jun 2017 AT 01:10 PM
UAE, Dubai News, Expo 2020
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UAE, Dubai News, Expo 2020
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If you get a call from “Expo 2020 Dubai” claiming that you’ve won a huge amount of money, hang up and report it.

Expo 2020 Dubai has issued a statement warning the public that this is a fake competition after a number of UAE residents were targeted by fraudsters posing as the company.

The scammers attempted to trick several UAE residents into giving them their SIM card number, bank details and UAE identity number in exchange for a generous cash prize.

We contacted Expo 2020 Dubai directly for comment, and a spokesperson told us that they are not running this competition and have contacted the authorities to take legal action.

“We are liaising with Dubai Police and other relevant authorities to take the necessary legal action in order to stop and prevent such fraudulent acts. Expo 2020 Dubai is not and will not be launching any such competition. We thank the public for their vigilance and support,” the spokesperson said.

Expo 2020 Dubai isn’t the only company that has been targeted by scammers. Just last week, Emirates issued a statement after online fraudsters used the airline’s official branding in an attempt to gain personal banking details through a fake Facebook questionnaire.

Taking form as an official Emirates Airline survey, the scam offers participants two free tickets if they complete a questionnaire. To further entice readers to take part, it claims to only have a limited number of tickets left.

Once readers click on the link that reads “Congratulations! You have been selected to take part in our short survey to get two free Emirates tickets. We only have 332 tickets remaining so hurry up.”

During this time hackers attempt to access to the participant’s online device and steal their personal information including bank details.

“Emirates has become aware of fraudulent websites purporting to come from the company claiming to offer free airline tickets to those who take an online survey.

“We advise not to click on any links or share these links on social media. Emirates is investigating the source of the scam and will take appropriate legal action against the perpetrators,” the airline said in a statement.

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