Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 28 September 2020

UAE customs authority warns of global cyber fraud plot

The Federal Customs Authority issued an alert over scams being operated from both within and outside the region

The Federal Customs Authority urged the public to be on their guard against scammers using their name and logo to carry out financial fraud. Courtesy: Alamy        
The Federal Customs Authority urged the public to be on their guard against scammers using their name and logo to carry out financial fraud. Courtesy: Alamy        

Customs chiefs warned the public not to fall foul of cyber fraudsters posing as authorities in the Emirates to swindle large sums of cash.

The Federal Customs Authority (FCA) issued an alert after investigations uncovered plots being operated from both within and outside the Gulf region.

In a statement, the FCA said scammers purporting to represent them and other authorities in the country, using names and logos, were being closely monitored and legal action was being taken to shut down their practices.

The authority said fraud attempts included fake competitions on social media and emails promising prizes such as luxury cars, in exchange for fees of up to $5,000 (Dh18,364).

It urged members of the public who receive such messages not to respond to them and to immediately report them to the FCA.

Updated: December 20, 2019 10:26 AM

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