Here’s how to handle scammers on phone
You received a text message on the mobile phone, which claims that you won an absurd amount of cash as a prize. So what next?
Abu Dhabi Police are warning residents not to fall prey to scams related to ‘cash prizes’, after the number of related incidents reported to authorities have significantly increased in the last three years.
Brigadier Mohammad Suhail Al Rashidi, Acting Criminal Security Director at Abu Dhabi Police, pointed out that with telephone scams on an upward trend, police have been required to beef up their efforts in carrying out more regular, and consistent, public awareness campaigns.
To protect yourself from becoming the next victim of scammers, Brig Al Rashidi emphasised the top five ways on how to deal with electronic scams:
■ Never accept calls from strange numbers.
■ Always maintain the confidentiality of personal financial information.
■ Immediately inform security services after receiving a suspicious telephone call.
■ Be cautious when handling unknown telephone messages and calls.
■ Always verify the source.