Abu Dhabi police warn of bank phishing scam
Authorities urge Web users to be wary of emails from overseas cyber gang
Police in Abu Dhabi have issued a warning about an increasing number of cyber email scams aimed at stealing the bank savings of their targets.
Police have urged potential victims not to respond to the emails sent by international gangs operating from abroad, adding that some of these emails contain malware or phishing scams to trick people in order to get information like their bank account numbers, and passwords.
Colonel Dr Rashid Borshid, head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), warned against the increasing number of cyber-crimes.
He said: "The Criminal Investigation Department has 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 emails sent to victims are phony and from an unknown source from an overseas address.
"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," he said.
He called upon members of the public to be cautious and avoid responding to such misleading e-mails to avoid falling prey to international gangs.