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Dubai government not giving Ramadan relief funds as claimed in viral WhatsApp message

Claim: A viral WhatsApp message claims that the government of Dubai is giving out $110 as a Ramadan relief fund.

Dubai government not giving Ramadan relief funds as claimed in viral WhatsApp message

Verdict: FALSE. Our research shows that the Dubai government is not distributing funds for Ramadan relief, and the message was spread maliciously. 

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Worldwide, Muslims start their annual fast period in the month of Ramadan. During this period, information continues to flood the internet.

Amid their fast, Muslims are bound to have a special need to buy foodstuffs and carry out their faith in good health which requires funds. 

Amid this, a message that the government of Dubai is sharing $110 as Ramadan Relief Funds, and every individual of all nationalities can apply.

Dubai government not giving Ramadan relief funds as claimed in viral WhatsApp message
The screenshot of the claim on WhatsApp.

DUBAWA chose to verify this claim due to its virality and requests for verification.

Verification

DUBAWA carried out a keyword search on the Dubai Ramadan relief fund mentioned in the message but did not find any. Our findings, however, showed different organisations and charities are giving out food to people during Ramadan.

According to the Arab News, Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, started a program to sustainably provide hundreds of millions of meals to those in need during Ramadan.

Red flags

We subjected the link to Whois.com to verify the website’s source, and we found that the website was created in Oyo state, Nigeria, not in Dubai.

Dubai government not giving Ramadan relief funds as claimed in viral WhatsApp message
The screenshot of the result on whois

Another red flag is that people who visit the website can bypass the form on the page without filling out the “application form,” suggesting it is a malicious act.

Dubai government not giving Ramadan relief funds as claimed in viral WhatsApp message
The screenshot of the application form.

Another glaring red flag was the presence of fake testimonial statements. This is a common technique online con artists employ to entice prey into their cave. Despite not being clickable, the links to the alleged remarks still serve as a trickery tool for users.

Dubai government not giving Ramadan relief funds as claimed in viral WhatsApp message
The screenshot of the fake testimonials

After clicking “submit” without inputting my details on the landing page, we came across messages that revealed the number of applicants is limited to 50,000.

After submission, the website requests additional information from visitors before granting entry to the grant, as seen in the screenshot below; a trick commonly used by con artists to get people to visit their websites.

Dubai government not giving Ramadan relief funds as claimed in viral WhatsApp message
The screenshot of the reason it went viral

Part of this additional information which is the request to share with groups and friends, explains why the message went viral on WhatsApp. 

Conclusion

Our findings show that the Dubai government is not giving out Ramadan relief funds, and the message was shared with ill intent. Hence the claim is false.

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