UAE residents warned against online phishing scams
Abu Dhabi police receive complaints of email scams in connection with suspicious money transfers
The Abu Dhabi Police has warned UAE residents against scam emails which claim suspicious money transfers to users’ bank accounts, and tell people they need to refer to the nearest police station.
According to the police, such scams are designed to steal victims’ savings, should they respond to those international gangs operating from abroad. Some of these reports contain malware or phishing scams to trick people in order to get information like their bank account numbers, and passwords, which they will then use to steal their money.
Colonel Dr. Rashid Borshid, head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), warned against the increasing number of cybercrimes, because cyber criminals can commit crime from anywhere in the world, especially online fraud and internet scams.
He said: “The Criminal Investigation Department had recently received complaints from people who were led to believe that they are wanted for questioning in connection with suspicious money transfers to their bank accounts. They claimed that they received a bank report including the name and address of a local bank in the letterhead, asking them to refer to the nearest police station.”
Borshid said that preliminary investigations have shown that the e-mails sent to victims are phony and from an unknown source; they are not sent by a local entity but from an overseas address, and include words and phrases in English such as “investigation” and “police”.
“Such email scams are designed to undermine the security and safety of Internet users, and are a blatant attempt at extortion and offensive annoying actions,” Borshid continued.
Emphasising that awareness is the first line of defence against these “negative scourges and phenomena”, Borshid stressed the need to check the origin of the received messages, and to quickly notify the relevant police authorities to allow them to track culprits promptly.
He said that enhancing awareness against such frauds contributes to better prevention and to maintaining the national gains and human resources against their risks.
Borshid urged residents to avoid downloading files or opening attachments in emails from unknown senders to avoid falling prey to cyber fraud and extortion.