The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) warns users of wicked WhatsApp messages claiming to be from the CBUAE.
On Thursday, the CBUAE warned local residents, stating, “avoid responding to such messages, and opening any hyperlink that may be attached, which may provide exposure to a malicious website.”
The statement further added that the CBUAE would never use social media in its authorized communications with people or businesses, and repeated to the consumers to keep their bank account, credit and debit card information safe from fraud and unofficial use.
In an alert posted to its website on Monday, the DFSA noticed that the scammers are using deceitful e-mails and documents offering consumers loans of up to $125 million.
The e-mails include a fake loan agreement document bearing the DIFC’s logo and the name of its governor.
According to the DFSA warning, the scammers tell consumers they need to pay $10,000 in handling fees – which will not be refunded – in addition to $400,000 for expenses required to smooth the progress of the loan. This, the scammers say, is refundable.
The DFSA Authority does not provide loans and therefore does not levy any fees or charges in relation to them.
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