"Do not download unknown apps. Do not allow these apps to access your contacts, photos if asked for them," said the police warning.
In a video released on their Twitter account, Abu Dhabi Police have shown the public how fraudsters can illegally access bank account details saved in mobile phones and use them to steal money from the person's bank account.
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The video clip shows a cop interrogating a person suspected of stealing bank account details and defrauding people.
The man confesses to stealing bank account and credit card details from people through hacking into emails and social media accounts and using the information to steal their money from bank accounts.
"I had penetrated the person's email and social media accounts. I found all bank details, including the secret numbers/ passwords, last bank statement and pictures of credit cards stored on Whatsapp," the suspect told police.
Explaining how he obtained the information from the victim's Whatsapp, the suspect said he sent the victim an application that hacked into his account.
The man told police that he couldn't stalk and track his victim to deceive him because the man has a problem answering phone calls.
"But the victim can easily download any application without checking it. So I played on that!" he said adding that he illegally took Dh350,000 from the victim's account after illegally obtaining his bank account details.
Police have told people to wary about online fraudsters and urged them not to store their personal information on social media.
"Update your personal details regularly with your bank and do not be a victim of fraud," advised the cops.
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