11 Jan Dubai Police issue warning as online scams on the rise
Dubai Police have issued warnings as the number of online scams continues to rise. The force shared tips via their official Twitter account to help the public stay safe and avoid falling victim to scams.
The force shared four tips including to be wary of any offers that sound too good to be true. The tweet shared: “Be careful of offers that sound too good to be true. Criminals can fake identities and trick you into believing you have won something or got a good deal.”
The tweets went on to advise against sharing personal information, and warn that any official communications from bodies including government officials such as the Dubai Police will never ask for any personal details. The tweets also advised not to disclose personal information such as bank details, OTP or CVV codes as well as expiry dates or other information that could be used for fraud. Clicking on unknown links was also heavily discouraged, as many online scams rely on a user to click a link within their emails or via a text message.
The tweets concluded with the advice for those who have been victim of online scams, and urged them to report it immediately to Dubai Police through their app, eCrime.ae, or by visiting the nearest SPS or calling 901.
The tweets come as Dubai Police have issued a statement after seeing a fall in the number of criminal reports last year by 31 percent. The General Department of Criminal Investigation (CID) at Dubai Police reduced the number of criminal reports against unknown persons by 31.2 per cent in 2021 compared to the year before.
The figure was revealed by Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, the Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, during the latest annual review of CID held at Partners Hub at Expo 2020 Dubai.