VERA FILES FACT CHECK: IKEA NOT giving away ‘dozens’ of sofa sets

Greg Stevens

A Fb (FB) website page has posted an announcement that IKEA is donating couches that cannot be offered due to “minor damage” to any individual who registers with the internet site it joined. This is a fraud.

The bogus giveaway posted on Nov. 17 and 19 arrived with photos of a number of sofa sets. It also experienced the caption: “We are delighted to announce that we will be donating dozens of sofa chairs that can not be marketed because of to minor scratches and minor hurt, all operating fine, so we will randomly mail them to someone who kinds ‘done’ until finally November 25th! hopefully valuable for you and your relatives. And sign up listed here.”

The submit asks customers to comment “ready” or “done” and tells netizens that they want to share the write-up with 7 to 10 active FB teams in purchase to full their registration for the giveaway.

This is a fraud. The uploaded photographs ended up not from IKEA, nor ended up they taken in the Philippines. IKEA has warned its shoppers towards entertaining these raffle contests.

In September, IKEA Singapore cautioned men and women towards slipping for a fraud submit published by the exact same FB web page and requested them to report the circulating post if they face it. Last calendar year, IKEA Philippines dissuaded people today from sharing their particular details to these kinds of ripoffs and also reminded them to report such “fraudulent activities” to their buyer company middle.

The IKEA site has place up a focused web page warning towards bogus promotions that use their name, expressing their enterprise never partakes in this sort of routines.

Except for one, the shots utilized in the fraud ended up not from IKEA retailers. A reverse picture search reveals that the photograph of a woman checking out a couch is a 2016 inventory graphic from ShutterStock captured in an IKEA store in Bangkok, Thailand.

But 1 photo featuring lines of sofa beds shows an American Freight keep that opened in Salem, United States. A similar graphic noticed by way of reverse picture look for reveals that the broad shot of couches was taken inside a Trade Solution Furnishings Warehouse in the United Kingdom.

The posts proceed to distribute as IKEA Philippines celebrated its initial anniversary with restricted discounts in-retail outlet and on-line from Nov. 21 to 25.

FB site Ikea fans (made on Sept. 20) published the two posts, garnering around 710 reactions, 2,900 feedback and 1,400 shares. It also received much more than 600,000 recent sights, in accordance to FB.

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(Editor’s Take note: VERA Data files has partnered with Fb to battle the unfold of disinformation. Obtain out far more about this partnership and our methodology.)

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