UAE police they launched their new awareness campaign against online fraud. Through a smart phone system some 5,000 fake social media accounts were blocked in UAE, said UAE police.
At the campaign’s launch, director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation and Investigation, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, said that the Dubai Police have partnered with telecommunications firm Etisalat to closely monitor suspicious social media activity and block bogus accounts.
Director of policies and programes, Mohammed Al Zarouni, said at Etisalat, that, “Five thousand fictitious accounts have been withheld since the beginning of the second half of 2017. There is an automated system that monitors this type of account. We hope to spread awareness on a larger scale among the users of the sites, as awareness is the most important factor in curbing this crime.”
Under the patronage of Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, and the supervision of Brigadier-General Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation, Dubai Police’s new awareness drive ‘Beware of False Accounts’ was introduced.
Te awareness drive seeks to expose the methods through which cyber criminals victimize people on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among other platforms, said, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, and the supervision of Brigadier-General Jamal Salem Al Jallaf.
The country has now become an attractive target for cyber criminals since the majority of the UAE’s population are active on social media,said the police.
The Dubai Police have recorded 128 online fraud cases in 2015; 292 in 2016, 133 in 2017, and 126 cases so far this year. Majority of the criminals were based outside the country and between the age group of aged 30 to 35.