UAE Issues Warning Against Electronic Fraud Tactics, Including Fake Discounts

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Warnings have been issued by cybersecurity authorities on new tactics used by online scammers, such as social network link scams offering bogus discounts.

Officials in charge of cybersecurity have raised the alarm about new tactics used by cybercriminals, such as social media link trolling for false deals. Being a victim of any kind of computer fraud is something you should be very careful about, according to the State Public Prosecution. An episode from the Criminal Media Center "Awareness" served as a warning, detailing the case of a person who fell victim to a fraud involving four thousand dirhams after falling for repetitive social media advertisements promising steep discounts.

People may utilize the "Safe Community" app to report cybercrimes, which is promoted as a way to increase societal security. The Abu Dhabi Police Department has issued a warning on phishing websites that pose as well-known brands in order to trick individuals into giving over their credit card information in exchange for various services.

In particular, people should stay away from phony pet ads that ask for payment for shipping and insurance. Here are some steps to help you avoid electronic fraud: Make sure the website is legitimate before clicking on any links; back up your data often; don't share personal information on untrustworthy platforms; keep your smartphone's operating system up-to-date, and be wary of downloading apps from unknown sources. Avoid giving out sensitive information, such as login credentials, as trustworthy sources would never ask for this.

All things considered, the message is that people need to be on the lookout for internet scams and be vigilant in order to prevent themselves from falling victim to these deceitful practices.

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