Scam alert: new reports of mobile scams in the UAE

Fraudsters are even turning to WhatsApp to follow up after their calls
Etisalat scam, MOBILE SCAMS, Scam alert, Scam alert: new reports of mobile scams in the UAE

Share

Etisalat mobile phone customers are being flooded with calls from bogus telecom employees claiming they have won big cash prizes, The National reports. This is a matter of serious concern, considering the fact that this is not the first time such incidences have come to limelight. Since several years, mobile subscribers in several countries of the region have been getting duped of their money to such scams. 

The latest scam urges customers to make transactions that could reveal their bank details. Frauds have even turned to WhatsApp to follow up, win people’s trust and encourage Etisalat customers to reveal sensitive details that could be used to defraud them. 

The report further mentions a Simcard swap fraud that has been flagged up by cyber-security experts in recent months, with fraudsters gaining access to personal information by stealing a person’s identity. Etisalat has also warned of a scam where subscribers receive emails seeking to steal their account details. Although du customers have not reported been targeted so far, caution is advised.

Two things are clear- the scammers are definitely not scared to repeat the felony- implying there's a need to ramp up the hunt and punish the culprits. Another pressing issue is the lack of adequate awareness on the part of the mobile subscribers, necessitating an urgency to focus more on user education and training initiatives through several media. When the users are vigilant, and carry digital transactions with caution, such scams can be avoided. 

REGISTER NOW | Webinar Event | Security you can bank on – Safeguarding the Middle East’s financial sector

Presented in partnership with security and network specialist Cybereason, the second in the three part webinar series will bring together a panel of experts to discuss how banks and financial institutions are evolving their service offering while simultaneously staying one step ahead of the cyber criminals who seek to bring their operations crashing to the ground.

Editor's Choice

Emerson expands analytics platform for industrial enterprise-level wireless infrastructure management
Plantweb Insight platform adds two new Pervasive Sensing applications that manage wireless networks more efficiently with a singular interface to the enterprise
Digitalisation seen as a competitive advantage by Middle East private businesses
Nearly 80 per cent of private business leaders acknowledge that digitalisation can impact business sustainability
Etisalat introduces Multi-Access Edge Computing architecture delivering best-in-class video streaming performance for 5G networks
MEC architecture achieves performance gains of as much as 90% in video streaming, validating how ultra-low-latency applications will be delivered over 4G and 5G networks

Most popular

Don't Miss a Story