UAE scam alert: Travelling soon? Beware of fake currencies sold at cheaper rates online

Abu Dhabi Judicial Department warns against counterfeit notes or those from dubious sources being promoted on social media


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US dollar notes. - Reuters file
US dollar notes. - Reuters file

Published: Thu 17 Aug 2023, 7:27 PM

Last updated: Fri 18 Aug 2023, 9:32 AM

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has warned the public against falling prey to those who offer foreign currencies at discounted rates.

As it’s time for holidays, scammers are out on social media networks, offering foreign currencies at rates cheaper than the market rates, the department said. However, the currencies being offered by such scammers could be counterfeit, the department warned in a video posted on its social media accounts. The foreign currency notes, even if they are not counterfeits, could land the people handling it in legal trouble as they could be sourced from dubious origins.

Scammers take advantage of vacation time to promote the sale of such currencies through social media platforms, presenting tempting exchange offers for customers. The department urged the public not to fall for these deceptive advertisements and offers.

It also advised people to engage with licensed institutions and exchange companies to avoid legal consequences.


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