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The fake website spoofing the RTA website.

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Beware of fake Nol gift card for Dh8

A fake website mimicking the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) website is trying to lure potential victims with an offer of a Nol gift card for only Dh8, Expat Media has uncovered.

The bogus page is being advertised on social media, particularly on Facebook, with a video ad that RTA is offering the gift card “in celebration of our 20th anniversary”.

The ad then links to a website that looks very similar to the RTA website, and offers the gift card for only Dh8 instead of Dh702. However, closer inspection of the website address or URL at the top of the page reveals that the website is www.coolpad2.shop instead of the official www.rta.ae.

Last week, bogus websites also made rounds on social media, offering fake Nol card recharge service. Users who fell victim to the scam sites said they lost hundreds of dirhams.

The spike in Nol card-related cyber scams came as the minimum top-up of Dh20 for Nol cards took effect on Monday (January 15).

Amid a rise in cybercrime, authorities have repeatedly advised residents to check the website address before giving out their personal and banking information. In the RTA’s case, the official website is www.rta.ae.

The RTA urges public transport users to be wary of scams involving Nol cards. “Be careful not to deal with deceptive marketing campaigns that aims to exploit digital service users. It involves the sale of fake Nol cards at token amounts, misleadingly topping up credit, and illicitly gathering customer data. RTA strongly advises exercising caution and vigilance when dealing with such campaigns by using RTA services only, such as the website (www.rta.ae), ticket offices, vending machines and (RTA Dubai and nol pay) applications,” according to the RTA. ICA/Expat Media


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