Fraudulent WhatsApp messages promote illegal drug scam, warns Ministry

The Ministry of Interior warns UAE residents to report any illegal activities on social networking platforms

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By  Aasha Bodhani Published  March 12, 2017

The Ministry of Interior has warned UAE residents not to respond to fraudulent messages on WhatsApp, as well as other social networking platforms.

According to the Ministry, it had been recorded that some UAE residents had received calls and messages where senders were promoting narcotic drugs and asking recipients to buy these drugs and transfer money.

Colonel Saeed Al Suwaidi, director general of Anti-Narcotics Federal Directorate at the Ministry, revealed that the messages were investigated and tracked down to identify the senders. Plus the Ministry is confident of public's awareness and understanding of responding to such messages.

A statement by the MoI said: "These contacts from foreign countries include messages from Pakistan that carry pictures of narcotic drugs, and ask for money transfers in order to receive them."

Col. Al Suwaidi requests that the public should call 80044 to report suspicious numbers or people who are carrying out illegal activities.

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