Phish­ing scam foiled

Dhs800,000 re­cov­ered by po­lice

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

Dubai Po­lice has re­cov­ered Dhs800,000 be­long­ing to a UAE res­i­dent who had sent the money to a Euro­pean bank fol­low­ing an on­line “phish­ing” scam.

The force’s Cy­ber Crime Depart­ment said an Arab res­i­dent had filed a com­plaint say­ing his ac­count had been hacked.

He said that some­one il­le­gally ac­cessed the email ac­count of an over­seas firm that he had pre­vi­ous busi­ness trans­ac­tions with and asked him to send money to a bank ac­count for a ship­ment of goods.

Colonel Saeed Al Ha­jri, direc­tor of the depart­ment, said the vic­tim told po­lice that he had be­come sus­pi­cious af­ter wiring the money to a dif­fer­ent bank ac­count from the one that he usu­ally used.

“He claimed that the hacker sent him an email ask­ing him to send the money to a sec­ondary ac­count in Europe and then the vic­tim called the com­pany and they told him that they didn’t send him any emails,” Al Ha­jri said.

Dubai Po­lice con­tacted the bank in Europe and con­vinced them to freeze the ac­count and re­turn the money be­fore the hacker could ac­cess it.

“The money was re­turned to the mer­chant, who couldn’t be­lieve it and had pre­sumed his money was gone,” said Al Ha­jri.

“The hacker man­aged to get ac­cess on the com­pany’s email and send the email to the mer­chant and conned him.”

Dubai Po­lice said it suc­cess­fully thwarted 1,849 po­ten­tial at­tacks in 2015, record­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease from 2014’s 1,580 cases.

Dur­ing the first half of this year, Dubai Po­lice recorded 1,072 po­ten­tial at­tacks.

Al Ha­jri said that cy­ber crimes are an in­ter­na­tional prob­lem. “With the speed of de­vel­op­ment in tech­nol­ogy these days, the crim­i­nals use it to com­mit the crimes know­ing that law en­force­ment can’t reach them,” he said.

“Cy­ber crimes threaten the sta­bil­ity of so­ci­ety such as hack­ing and piracy, vi­o­la­tion of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights and the sex­ual

ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren.”

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