A Dubai-based Asian expatriate is devastated after his AED3,000 budget for their family’s Eid Al Adha getaway.
Ayyubi, not his real name, woke up on Wednesday morning with only AED82.38 left on his bank after a series of suspicious transactions were made. He suspects that he was scammed by unidentified fraudsters since he didn’t give anyone his OTP or a copy of his bank details.
It started when someone purchased an amount of AED360.03 using his debit card ‘at GoogleAdwordsEU ADS115579, Dublin’. The transaction was followed by a purchase of AED225.02, AED450.04, and AED360.03 until his debit card reached its limit.
The last transaction was AED90.01, however, since he had only AED82.38 left, the transaction was declined. There were also multiple attempts made to purchase services from ‘Google’ and ‘Internet’ that were declined due to insufficient balance.
Ayyubi said that he tried to speak with his bank in Dubai but was told to wait for three months as they investigate his case. He was also not assured if he can get his money back. His debit card was also locked at the moment.
He said that he does not normally use his physical card for transactions to avoid getting scammed or having other people get a hold of his card. He was just surprised that one gets access to it.
The expatriate who has been using the debit card for seven years now revealed that he has just paid for their DEWA, internet, and house rent before the incident happened.
Ayyubi warned his fellow residents to be more careful with their bank transactions, including giving personal details to unauthorized people over the phone.