ROP warns against fake on­line op­er­a­tions

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The Direc­torate Gen­eral of In­quiries and Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions has said that it has come across sev­eral elec­tronic fraud cases.

An ROP of­fi­cial said, “Ci­ti­zens and res­i­dents should ver­ify the iden­tity of those they trade with and that of the web­site. All on­line business op­er­a­tions should also be con­ducted keep­ing in mind the Internet safety rules.”

The ROP has time and again is­sued warn­ings re­gard­ing fraud on­line trans­ac­tions and the safety guide­lines to follow. “It is not safe to ini­ti­ate an on­line trans­ac­tion with an in­di­vid­ual or an in­sti­tu­tion whose iden­tity can­not be ver­i­fied. Peo­ple should also be wary of on­line deals, ini­ti­ated through so­cial me­dia plat­forms, as it has come to the no­tice that they are done by fraud­sters op­er­at­ing out­side the sul­tanate.”

The of­fi­cial also warned against fall­ing prey to web­sites is­su­ing fake visas.

“Get the elec­tronic visa only from ROP’s of­fi­cial por­tal (https://evisa.rop.gov.om). This will pre­vent you from ex­pos­ing your­self to the risks of unau­tho­rised web­sites.”

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