800 online cases of exploitation reported in RAK last year

Authorities have warned the public, especially girls, of posting personal information and images on social media
800 online cases of exploitation reported in RAK last year
By Staff writer
Mon 06 Apr 2015 10:49 AM

Police in Ras Al Khaimah have issued a warning against online users posting personal information or images on social media sites after 800 exploitation cases were reported in the emirate last year, including one victim who was blackmailed for AED1 million ($272,253), The Khaleej Times newspaper reported.

“The security bodies concerned received 800 reports on cyber crimes and online exploitation last year, and these were all seriously and stringently dealt with,” said Brigadier Najm Al Sayyar, manager of the community support department at the Ministry of Interior.

He stated that authorities continue to monitor social media sites to detect such incidents, while adding that most are settled amicably, with only a select few referred to the courts.

“All amounts of money siphoned off were recovered as was the case with an accused who gave back AED1 million he had illegally collected from a victim here... Young people fall prey to cyber criminals due to the lack of awareness, poor ethics, family instability, parents’ involvement in extramarital affairs and neglect of their vulnerable children,” he said in  an interview broadcast by the RAK radio station.

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