Scammed heiress in Dubai shares ordeal that cost her Dh45,000

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Dubai resident loses Dh45,000 inheritance to phone scammer

 

DUBAI – A 32-year-old German woman in Dubai lost Dh45,000 she inherited from her father after she fell victim to a phone scammer posing as a bank representative.

Timna Sophia said she was tricked into giving her debit card details after she received a call from a man claiming to be a representative from Commercial Bank of Dubai.

Sophia said after the phone call that lasted for more than one hour, the scammer was able to access her online bank account to make two money transfers worth Dh25,000 and Dh20,000 within minutes of each transaction.

The German said the experience left her “feeling so vulnerable”, The National quoted her as saying.

She said that a “well spoken” man had called her from a UAE mobile number and knew her full details, including her full name and Emirates ID number.

The scammer told her the bank was sending her a new debit card as part of a systems update. She also received a verification code from a number made to appear as from Dubai Police.

She has filed a police report on the matter and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. ICA/Expat Media


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