Dubai: Police issued two new warnings on Sunday, cautioning residents to protect themselves from con artists and blackmailers.
First, the authority issued a fresh alert to residents to protect themselves from scammers and to refrain from sharing their debit or credit card numbers and Personal Identification Number (PIN).
Dubai Police, in a tweet, warned residents to not fall for scammers seeking money through “fake prizes” saying, “Remember that scammers seek your money through fake prizes. Never share your debit/ credit card number and PIN.”
Digital platforms have made it easier for users worldwide to communicate and spread information. But the price of online convenience is that people are increasingly exposed to scammers.
In what is now popularly known as phishing, fraudsters gain control of a person’s bank account by tricking internet users into sending their personal information by offering them fake prizes. They may also convince them into forwarding money by pretending to be from a legitimate company, government office or retailer.
In yet another tweet, Dubai Police informed residents to report extortion or blackmailing immediately to the authority…