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UAE police warn of rise in e-scams, here’s how to avoid them


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Rashid Al Nuaimi, our reporter

In the era of e-commerce, ordering, purchasing and delivery through the Internet, a new scam has recently spread, that is, sending fake emails pretending to be well-known delivery companies, asking victims to provide bank data in order to pay. Only a few dirhams.

In this regard, prominent courier companies such as “Emirates Post” have warned their customers to be aware of these fraudulent practices and asked them to be careful and ensure their shipments are processed through various channels and applications or call an approved call center. It also advises them to use its official website /Emiratespost.ae/ and mobile app when placing orders and electronic payments.

The well-known courier company “Aramex” stated that fraudulent emails are the most common means of fraud on the Internet. Fraudsters deceive the public by sending emails that appear to be sent by them, and ask the sender to provide personal information. Sensitive information or bank account data. These may also require the person to register for a contest to receive a prize.

FedEx, another well-known courier company, said it would never request payment or personal information over the phone, mail, text or email to deliver a shipment.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus explained that the spoofing begins with the receipt of an email that appears to be from a well-known courier company, but is actually sent from random email addresses that are not the same as the Postal Service has nothing to do with any official email address of . .

The Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) had earlier warned that trucking companies were committing scams by sending false information via email or SMS.
ADP asks the public not to click on links in emails or small messages without double checking.

They also recommend reading the message carefully and verifying its source, checking email addresses, which are sometimes similar to the delivery company’s original email address.

The public is also advised to look for the HTTPS letter in the address of the website from which the mail is sent, avoid giving bank data via WhatsApp, carefully read the one-pass message (OTP) sent by the bank, and avoid clicking on online promotions and social media sites.


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