Dubai police warn residents against spoof calls and anonymous callers to avoid financial scams

Dubai: Dubai Police once again warned residents against fake calls and anonymous people trying different tricks to extort money.

“Don’t be fooled by fake calls and anonymous people,” Dubai Police tweeted. The best way to avoid any scam is to not answer unknown numbers and even if you do, disconnect the call immediately if you find it suspicious.

Last month, Dubai police also warned residents against “fake celebrities” as some scammers use the names of celebrities to raise funds for humanitarian projects.

Police also warned residents to guard against online scammers trying to steal their identity or empty their bank account.

Police have repeatedly issued notices telling consumers to refrain from sharing bank account details or forwarding funds online to people they don’t know.

Internet users should also ensure that their personal data is protected while using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

“Never send money or share your bank details with strangers online. Protect yourself and your data while using social networking sites. Protect yourself against social media scams,” Dubai Police said in a previous note.

Digital platforms have made it easier for users around the world to communicate and spread information. But the price of convenience online is that people are increasingly exposed to scammers.

In what is now popularly known as phishing, scammers gain control of a person’s bank account by tricking Internet users into submitting their personal information. They can also convince them to send some money by posing as a legitimate business, government office, or retailer.

To make sure your personal data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, here are some tips: 1

Do not answer unknown calls. It is recommended to avoid unknown calls and entertain any unknown service provider trying to sell you services. Also, if you are really inclined towards their services, be sure to do some online research to find out about the company’s reputation.

How to deal with scammers as advised by wikihow online:

1-Do not answer unknown calls. It is recommended to avoid unknown calls and entertain any unknown service provider trying to sell you services.

2-Do not enter into deals with money by cable. Many scammers ask customers to transfer money; it is impossible to reverse the cash when the transferred money is used. If a seller keeps insisting that you make bank transfers for payments, don’t act unless he is sure of the authenticity of the deal.

3-Never reply to messages that ask for financial/personal information. It doesn’t matter if you are receiving messages in the form of a text, email, advertisement or phone call; you do not need to share your financial or personal information with unknown message senders. This is called ‘phishing’. Eventually, these crooks try to trick you into stealing sensitive information.

4-Do not fall for lottery scams. These scams involve sending a message about winning a lottery, and all you have to do is pay “customs duty” or another type of “fee.” You haven’t won the lottery and you’re giving away your personal information.

5-Hang up automatic calls. Robocalls are illegal if the calling company has not done business with you in the last month. Do not press any button to speak to an operator, or any button to be removed from any list. This could result in more robocalls.

6-Get a call blocking app. These apps can automatically block and block unwanted phone numbers from ever reaching your phone, even if you later switch to a different phone. While not all apps are perfect, they should keep you from receiving most unwanted calls.

Depending on your operator, you may have to pay for call barring. You may also need to pay for more premium features (such as revealing phone numbers of unknown people).

7-Do not confirm or deny your identity until you know who is calling you. Legitimate calls will indicate who they are and where they are from.

8-Decide how to proceed based on your comfort level after obtaining the information. After the caller has identified himself, he has the option to (A) acknowledge himself, (B) gather more information about the caller without identifying himself, or (C) just hang up.

9-Check the legitimacy of any agency, organization or company that cold calls you by doing a quick search online while on the phone.

Ask for the caller’s name and company (including contact phone number and address) and the reason for the call. If this is not provided to you within 10 seconds, hang up. It is most likely a scam.

10- Type the address or phone number in Google. The first result had better be them. If it’s a real company, they’ll be happy to give you their contact information. If you can’t search while talking at the same time, ask the caller to wait a minute for a personal matter, but use the time to check out the company online.

11-If it does not exist, suspect immediately. You can also search for reviews about the company or the type of call. Government sites meant to reveal scams can also be helpful here.

12-Do not disclose personal information or passwords. Do not confirm computer use, ownership of anything in your home, or account numbers. Again, it’s nobody’s business and the fact that callers are asking for this kind of information should immediately alert you to the possibility of a scammer.

13–If the caller was identified and greeted but the caller does not recognize this and instantly speaks into a conversation but asks to speak to you, suspect that you are being transferred between sales teams or the like and it is not someone who knows you

14-Ask what the caller wants at the beginning of the call. His time is valuable, but so is the fact that the more hot air the caller exudes, the more likely he is trying to lull you into buying his stardust. If the information they provide is not specific, hang up. Is a gotcha.

15-Never use affirmative until you know the call is legitimate. Your claim can be recorded and used for fraudulent purchases.

16-Record the call. You’ll be surprised how many cold calls hang up on you when you ask these basic questions. Ask for basic information, such as who is calling or the address. Yes

17-Do not go to false websites following the instructions of cold calling. If you do, you are most likely downloading a virus, allowing access to your computer, or giving away valuable personal information with which they will do unspeakable and ruinous things. Just don’t.

16-Be strong and put safety first. You get all kinds of phone calls. Friends, family, business associates, scammers, and scam calls. Simply asking basic questions and verifying the caller’s information can prevent you from making a big mistake.

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