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UAE's TRA warns of Ramadan cyber scams

A WhatsApp scam fraudulently promised AED 1 million cash prizes from Sheikh Mohammed

UAE's TRA warns of Ramadan cyber scams

The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is warning UAE residents to be wary of a WhatsApp scam promising a AED 1 million prize during Ramadan.

In a video posted on Twitter, the TRA showed that the scam uses the false promise of a prize being offered by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.

The link – which purported to be from Sheikh Mohammed’s website – promised to give the cash prize to those who answered three religiously-focused questions.

“When you click the link, the website changes and is not like the one showed in the message,” the TRA said in the video.

"The site is fake. Be careful of short links received from unknown people. It might be a trick to scam you, be careful," TRA added.

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