By Staff writer
Forces urge people to ignore and report callers promising cash prizes in return for “transfer fees”.
Dubai Police has urged residents to ignore and report callers promising cash prizes in return for “transfer fees.”
Lt Col Salah Bu Osaibah, director of the anti-economic crimes department at Dubai Police, told The National newspaper that people must be cautious when receiving a phone call from someone claiming they work for a telecommunications company and that the recipient has won a cash prize.
“Residents must never transfer money or divulge personal information to those scammers,” he said.
“Signs of fraud are evident when the suspect is calling from a mobile number instead of a landline. And why would a person need to pay transfer fees if they actually won a cash prize?” said Bu Osaibah, adding that while several arrests had been made in recent years, some incidents went unreported due to the embarrassed the victim feels about being fooled.
However, if the victim was conned, Bu Osaibah instructs that they should save the caller’s phone number, flag it to the related telecommunications company and then report it to the police.
Local telecommunications companies have set up informative campaigns to caution the public about such scams.
Dubai-based telecommunications firm, Du, published security tips on its website as part of such campaigns.
The company advises people not to share any personal information, like SIM card details, passport numbers, or credit card details with unauthorised personnel or on public computer networks.
We receive many such calls. Please give us a dedicated number to report these callers to. It feels silly to call 999 to report such cases as it is not an emergency. If a number to report to could be publicised you would find it much more effective.