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Cybercriminals still targeting UAE Ministry

Fake recruitment drive uses logo and details of the Ministry of Education to lure unsuspecting overseas candidates

Cybercriminals continue to target the UAE Ministry of Education by setting up a fake website and luring teachers to apply for job vacancies that don’t exist.

Postings on educational websites, including ESL-Library.com and TopSchoolJobs.com, invite candidates to apply for ESL teaching opportunities at the bogus UAE Education Studies, “…a newly established institute located at: P.O.Box 295 Dubai”.

Offering a one year contract with a monthly salary of more than AED 16,000 ($4,400) with accommodation, interested applicants are asked to email their details to uaeministry@educations.tk and visit the bogus website - www.ministryofeducationuaes.tk - for more information.

The website, which itp.net explored before a call for its block was announced, looked almost identical to the Ministry’s actual website with similar logos, images, news, interviews and reports. Despite the obvious security threat it posed, no one at MoE was immediately available for comment.

Earlier this year, a similar phishing scam was identified when a teacher from the United States applied for a position posted on a fake UAE Ministry of Labour website – www.uaeministryoflabour.tk - and became suspicious when a ‘visa fee’ was requested.

At the time, the Ministry of Education swiftly moved into action, releasing a statement confirming that “unknown elements copied its website to establish contact with local and foreign applicants, particularly in the fields of employment,” and the website was subsequently blocked.

In both instances, the websites have the suffix .tk - the registered domain of Pacific island Tokelau, which allows the domain to be used by Dot TK, an Amsterdam-based free domain registration service.

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