Social media message warns users that a group of men are posing as water or electricity company workers to gain access to homes and then rob the householders at gunpoint.
The claims in the warning are untrue. The message is a mutated version of a fake warning that began circulating in Dubai back in 2012. Dubai police dismissed the warning as a baseless rumour. Sharing this false information will help nobody.
Hay, 3 or 4 guys may visit your home claiming they are from water company, to install shower caps, to save water! They may claim they are from Eskom to change light bulbs for free! They have been spotted in several areas. Plz do NOT let them into your homes. They are Robbers robbing people at gun-point. Plz alert all your contacts, as you may save a life.
Make sure door is locked at all times. FWD (seen on another site)
Fake Warning Tells of Water and Electricity Company Robberies:
There are no credible reports about robberies like the ones described in the warning.
‘Warning’ Originated in Dubai:
The Dubai version appeared to be signed by a DEWA employee and included the company logo and Government of Dubai seal.
Police and Company Dismissed the Rumour as Untrue:
Police are warning residents not to believe spam messages that have been posted over social networking sites claiming that employees from the electricity and water authority are robbing people’s homes at gunpoint.
Lt Col Ahmad Humaid Al Marri, Director of the Criminal Investigations Division at Dubai Police, confirmed to Gulf News that the message is merely a rumour and is baseless.
‘Residents should not panic and no robberies of this nature have taken place anywhere in Dubai. None of these alleged crimes have been reported to police and we urge people not to cause panic among the community and spread such malicious rumours,’ said Lt Col Al Marri.
DEWA also dismissed the story as false. The message did not come from DEWA or the other companies mentioned and a DEWA employee did not sign it.
New Version Changes Details But is Still False:
Despite the changes, the new version of the message is just as false as the old.
Sharing This False Message Will Help Nobody:
- Cause unnecessary fear and alarm in communities
- Waste the time of police who must answer endless queries about the messages from concerned members of the public
- Make it less likely that people will heed genuine warnings.
If you receive one of these bogus warnings, please do not share it.
While This is a Hoax, Caution is Still Required:
If in doubt, you should call the company to check before letting workers in.