Scammers in the UAE have found a new way to trick residents into sending them money online.
Fraudsters, according to Expert Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said fraudsters are now sending emails to trick residents into paying money for bogus packages. The Dubai Police official also said that the act is also an act of phishing. Once the victim pays online, hackers will be able to access their bank account details.
The officer warned residents and advised them to ignore such emails.
Al Mansouri explained that a victim receives an email that says that he has received a package and will have to pay a nominal account. The message, which comes with English and Arabic translations, could have even copy-pasted from popular companies. The email provides a ‘payment gateway’ where they will have to enter their bank account details for the payment.
The victim, after finishing the transaction, will end up shocked that a huge amount of money was suddenly withdrawn from their account. Al Mansouri said that the link is fake and used only for scammers to get access to one’s bank account.