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Ignore fake WhatsApp messages from AH, Lidl, Jumbo and Ikea

20 December 2017

Many reports are coming in again to Fraud Help Desk from people who have received a WhatsApp message which they don’t trust. The article is about an anniversary campaign launched by Albert Heijn, Lidl, Jumbo or Ikea.

People who receive this message are told that it has been sent by one of their contacts, who would like to invite them to join an anniversary voucher competition. Those who accept the invitation need to answer all sorts of questions. Next, they are asked to disclose their personal data. People who fill out the forms eventually get nothing in return.

The message looks like this:


In July of this year we warned of a similar message.

Our advice
This is an example of a fake giveaway. Participants in the competition need to provide all sorts of personal data and agree with very unfavourable terms and conditions. Most likely, no prize is ever awarded. Participants end up receiving advertising they never asked for.

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