Through misleading promotions that exploit the logos of well-known companies and outlets
Scammers offer "fake discounts" on goods and hotel reservations to steal bank accounts
The spread of fake links asking for bank card details to complete the purchase. Archival
Customers complained about the spread of promotional advertisements on social networking sites for goods and services bearing the logos of well-known companies containing fake links, as the ads lure customers with large discounts on foodstuffs, electronic goods and fake hotel reservations, in order to register bank card data for theft.
In turn, the Sharjah Police General Headquarters warned of electronic fraud and fraud, which has recently spread through social media, calling for the need to take caution and not to disclose bank card data.
In detail, the customer, Muhammad Hussein, complained about an advertisement on social networking sites for a well-known company that promotes food products with remarkable large discounts, and after entering the link to buy, he was surprised that the link to an unknown site and asking for the details of his bank card data to complete the purchase, but he did not complete the request after making sure that the link represents an "electronic fraud".
While Ihab Gamal El-Din explained that he was subjected to an electronic fraud, after he ordered goods through a link he found on a social networking site with discounts on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr at one of the famous outlets, and after submitting the request and entering his bank data, he waited for his shipment to arrive, but he never received it.
For his part, Saleh Rajoub confirmed that he received messages through social networking sites, telling him that he had received a 70% discount on travel tickets, with the approach of the holiday season, and with the opening of the link, he discovered that it was a fake link to an unknown site, and asked him to put his bank card details to complete the ticket purchase process, but he did not complete the purchase for fear of being scammed.
As for Ola Badr, she said that she received a large number of messages on a social networking site, telling her that she was chosen among the winners of a large amount of money and a large discount on goods from one of the famous outlets, and with her entry to the link, he told her that a text message would be sent to her phone with a code that must be entered to win her gift, and after sending the code number, her electronic account was seized.
For its part, the Sharjah Police General Headquarters warned of electronic fraud and fraud, which have recently spread through social networking sites, using fake advertising and promotion methods for various goods and services bearing the logo of companies known for fake links, by luring individuals with large discounts, calling for the need to take care not to fall into the trap of fake discounts and promotions and not to disclose bank card data.
Sharjah Police explained that social media gangs exploit in their operations the lifestyle and lifestyle of some members of society, as some prefer to complete purchases through websites, oblivious to the fact that there are basics and controls for electronic security that an individual must be aware of so as not to fall victim to fraud.
She called for the need to take care not to fall into the trap of fake discounts and promotions, and not to disclose the personal verification number (OTP) to any person or entity, even if it bears the name or logo of an official entity in the country, noting that the personal verification number is a secret code and belongs to the individual himself, and even the bank employee does not request it, and in the event of suspicion or exposure to a fraud, immediate contact via the number (8002626).
Sharjah Police: There are basics of cybersecurity that an individual must be aware of in order not to fall victim to fraud.
Article 40 of the Anti-Rumours and Cybercrime Law stipulates that "whoever unlawfully seizes for himself or others a movable property or benefit or a bond or signing this bond, using any fraudulent method or by taking a false name or impersonating an incorrect character through the computer network, or An electronic information system or an information technology means."
Article 48 of the law also stipulates that "anyone who commits a crime through the computer network, an information technology means or a website shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine of not less than 20,500 dirhams and not more than <>,<> dirhams, or one of these two penalties."