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Be warned - new WhatsApp adidas giveaway is a hoax

Adidas says a new WhatsApp offer is nothing to do with them (Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

WhatsApp users have been warned to be aware of a new scam – this time involving an apparent giveaway of adidas trainers.

A message doing the rounds on the instant messaging app promises one free pair of 3,000 trainers once users follow a link and complete a quick survey.

However, the link is a hoax – and it could see people leave themselves open to ID theft or fraud.

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The message reads: “Adidas is giving away 3,000 Free Pair of Shoes to celebrate its 93rd anniversary. Get your free shoes at:’.ils.”

The German sportswear giant has confirmed the giveaway is nothing to do with it and warned: “We are aware of the WhatsApp message that is currently circulating claiming that adidas is giving away free footwear and would like to caution the public about believing this, as it is definitely a hoax.”

Tim Helming, director of product management at cyber experts DomainTools, said the Url address used in the message was registered at the end of January.

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He said it shared its address with around 244 other domains.

“This scam has obviously caught a lot of people’s eye – it’s getting a ton of traffic,” he said.

Action Fraud warned last year that WhatsApp was being used to try to dupe users into handing over personal details in exchange for a £250 shopping voucher.