Urgent.. An important warning from the Emirates Police regarding online job selling scams

Ahmed Moawad - | UAE

Abu Dhabi police have issued a warning about a fresh wave of internet scams that promise employment, pets, and deals.

The organisation issued a warning about the hazards posed by internet criminals impersonating official government institutions or well-known corporations in order to deceive the public.

According to the authorities, some fraudsters have used cold calls or text messages, as well as fraudulent websites, to acquire personal and financial information.

One strategy is to construct websites that appear to be from reputable recruitment organisations; victims are then asked to pay large amounts in exchange for "jobs" that do not exist.

Other bogus websites have been set up to look like major supermarkets and dining venues in an attempt to collect personal information and credit card details.

Police also warned against falling for scams involving the internet sale of dogs from overseas, in which the customer is responsible for the pet's transit fees.

The Abu Dhabi Police Department has urged the public not to reveal critical information to strangers, such as bank account details, online passwords, and credit/debit card security codes.

The police have requested the public to call them at 800 2626 or text 2828 if they notice any strange behaviour.

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Stepping up the fight against fraud

Just weeks after Dubai Police underlined the significance of staying vigilant against digital crime, this crucial reminder is issued.

The police have issued a warning to drivers about a recent fraud using fake traffic fine notices.

Cybercriminals have attempted to trick drivers by creating fake police-looking websites with official-looking logos and designs.

A traffic fee is mentioned in the email, and the recipient is given a link to pay the fee within 24 hours.

In order to pay the bogus fine, users are sent to a website that seems like it belongs to the Dubai Police, where they are prompted to enter personal information, including credit card details.

If the person does not respond within seven days, a second email with a last reminder will be sent.

In a tweet from July, the Dubai Police warned the public to beware of phishing emails.

Scammers are using trickery to get their victims to pay penalties and service charges by following a link. Members of the community are urged to be on the lookout for suspicious emails and to double-check the authenticity of any that seem to come from the Dubai Police Department.

How to protect yourself?

Professionals advise purchasing insurance to protect against online fraud.

They're warning people because there's been an increase in scams that employ email, phone, and text interactions to steal personal information, bank account credentials, and even identities.

According to The National, Etisalat by e&, based in the United Arab Emirates, joined the ranks of companies selling cybercrime insurance to their consumers in April. Customers are protected from online banking fraud, credit card scams, lost internet transactions, cyber extortion, and identity theft with this insurance.

Individual insurance plans from Etisalat start at Dh63 for one device and provide up to $5,000 in reimbursement in the event of theft.

Etisalat customers can purchase cyber crime insurance directly from the company's website. Typically, all that is required to set up an online policy is your contact information and a government-issued photo ID (such as an Emirates ID).

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