Online prize scam using UAE authority's name goes viral, public warned

Wam/Abu Dhabi
Filed on December 19, 2019
social media, uae fraud alert, uae customs

(Reuters file)

FCA has taken the necessary legal procedures against such local, international fraudulent activities.

The Federal Customs Authority, FCA, has warned the public about certain fraudulent activities using the authority's name and logo, as well as those of other well-known local authorities, to deceive the public both within the UAE, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and Arab countries.

In a statement, the authority noted that various local and international attempts of fraud have been monitored, including fake competitions on social media and use of emails that offered prizes, such as luxury cars, in exchange for fees amounting to $5,000.

The authority stressed that it has undertaken the necessary legal procedures against such local and international fraudulent activities, prior to prosecuting the fraudsters through relevant bodies.

It urged the public who receive such messages to not respond to them and to report them immediately through official communication channels, such as the FCA website or social media pages.

The FCA also advised members of the public to not interact with fraudsters and avoid opening any links contained in the messages.

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