Dubai Police calling you for personal details? It’s a scam

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Scammers posing as Dubai Police have resurfaced in Dubai, with residents saying fraudsters are now targeting potential victims over phone calls.

A Dubai resident told Expat Media that she received one such phone call on Saturday (May 25), but realized quickly it was from a fraudster.

“The caller sounded Arabic and said he was from Dubai Police. He told me I committed a mistake and would be in trouble. When I asked him for details, he just made vague statements and tried to scare me with his stern voice. I told him that if I was really in trouble, the police would know why they were arresting me and where to arrest me,” she said, adding that the caller used a UAE-based mobile number.

Other residents have made similar complaints, saying that they were being intimidated to send a one-time password (OTP) and their Emirates ID details. “I thought it was strange that the caller was asking me for my Emirates ID. They should already know who I was if the call was really genuine. So I told the caller that I would report him to Dubai Police, and that’s when he dropped the call,” Ray (not his real name) told Expat Media.

Police have repeatedly reminded residents that authorities would never ask for personal or banking information over the phone.

Scam calls have been a public nuisance for years, with police warning that cyberfraud was on the rise. Other scamming techniques involve sending payment links for Dubai Police fines, Salik or Nol card recharge fees, and fake parcel deliveries. ICA/Expat Media

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