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Don’t fall for cybercriminals posing as ministries, says UAE Ministry

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have warned the public to beware of online fraudsters posing as official organizations to scam people out of money.

The Home Office has issued a Twitter alert about cybercriminals using the logos of police and other public services to trick people into sharing their personal or financial information.

In such cases, scammers use a real company’s name or logo and then link it to a fake website.

People unwittingly click on the link, which redirects them to the fake website where they are asked to enter their account or credit card details or other sensitive information.

And when fraudsters obtain this information, they can use it to gain access to the victim’s bank account, make fraudulent purchases, or even impersonate the person.

“These messages appear to be from a government agency and have a secret OTP number and fraudulent links to trick people,” the ministry wrote on Twitter on Monday.

“The ministry sends messages through official channels and people should report such incidents.”

Authorities in the country regularly issue warnings to residents to protect them from the targets of cybercriminals.

Last month, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) warned customers to beware of fake messages asking them to pay bills, answer questions or forward messages to friends for a chance to win a prize. price.

“Dewa urges customers and company members to avoid opening attachments from unofficial sources or clicking on unknown links,” read an email sent to all customers.

“This can give hackers access to your personal information, including your credit cards.”

A 2020 report by IT security firm Kaspersky said more than 600,000 phishing attacks were recorded during the coronavirus pandemic in the United Arab Emirates while 2.57 million were reported in the Middle East.

Updated: June 21, 2022, 03:36

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