Here’s how to han­dle scam­mers on phone

Gulf News - - Nation - BY MARIAM M. AL SERKAL Se­nior Web Re­porter

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.

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