UAE TRA warns of scam calls

Recent scam calls tried to steal bank details and passwords

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UAE TRA warns of scam calls The TRA has warned of scam calls targetting mobile users in the UAE.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 3, 2014

The UAE Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) has warned of a recent spate of scam calls in the country, which tried to get users to hand over personal data.

The callers pretended to be calling from one of the UAE's two telephone operators, and attempted to get victims to hand over bank account data and other important personal information, including passwords for email and social networks.

The calls, which were made to mobile phone users, tried to entice users with promised of cash prizes, the TRA said.

HE Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General said: "With the pace of technological advancement we are witnessing today, hackers are able to create a plethora of new and innovative ways to obtain personal information illegally. This modern reality necessitates extra caution by customers when sharing any personal information with people via unreliable sources. In such situations, we recommend not responding to such requests for information and immediately reporting any incidents of this nature to the relevant emergency contact."

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