Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Abu Dhabi Police issue new warning over scourge of scammers

The force is urging members of the public not to share financial information

Police are calling on the public not to fall foul of fraudsters with their sights set on obtaining valuable personal details.   
Police are calling on the public not to fall foul of fraudsters with their sights set on obtaining valuable personal details.   

Abu Dhabi Police issued a fresh warning to the public to be on their guard against the growing threat of fraudsters aiming to con them out of cash.

The force said on Thursday that scammers are adopting increasingly sophisticated methods to target unwitting victims.

Criminals are using phone calls and social media platforms to promise cash prizes in order to obtain sensitive information, such as addresses and bank card details.

In one plot, tricksters posing as bank officials warn customers their credit cards have been blocked and urge them to divulge their contact details and click on a click to rectify the issue.

Police also advised residents to avoid clicking any links received from unknown sources and to report all cases to the authorities.

“We urge the public to stay vigilant and never share any information such as bank accounts and cards numbers, personal information, personal identification number (PIN) and card security code,” police said in a statement.

Earlier this month, police in Abu Dhabi urged the public to be vigilant against online scammers posing an official authorities in order to con people out of cash.

The call came after The National was alerted to fraudsters using the Abu Dhabi Police logo to threaten users to hand over money.

The police warned of several websites, the URL addresses of which change regularly, asking browsers to pay a fine for watching inappropriate material online.

Updated: September 26, 2019 01:34 PM

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