Beware of this prize scam in UAE, LuLu warns shoppers
Dubai: A major hypermarket chain operator in UAE has launched a massive scam alert regarding fraudsters who have been targeting consumers in an attempt to extract money from them.
LuLu Hypermarket confirmed on Tuesday that despite repeated warnings, scammers are still doing the rounds, tricking people into sharing their personal information, including credit card and bank account details.
The scammers randomly make phone calls and introduce themselves as representatives of LuLu. They then tell unsuspecting customers that they have won a prize or shopping rewards and later ask for the supposed winner’s credit card or bank account information.
With a constant stream of announcements about UAE expatriates hitting mega jackpots, including millions of dollars at lotteries, it is not a surprise that fraudsters are still out there, trying to con people out of their hard-earned money.
“We have come to know about some incidents of attempted frauds in the name of Lulu Hypermarket, where the callers have identified themselves as calling on behalf of LuLu and tried to obtain certain personal and financial information of the persons, including their bank account and bank card details with the intent of defrauding them with false news of winning a prize or with some offers at LuLu,” the retailer said in an ad posted on major newspapers.
According to a spokesperson, the scam has been going on for some time now, with some shoppers alerting the hypermarket about the impostors.
“We’ve been getting complaints from our customers about these fraudulent calls. We’re warning them to be careful when they receive such calls,” a spokesperson for LuLu Hypermarket told Gulf News.
So far, however, the hypermarket has yet to receive reports of customers losing money as a result of the scam.