UAE residents are urged to stay vigilant regarding a recent ‘legal notification’ that spread on WhatsApp and social media platforms that threatens to ‘freeze’ bank accounts of the message recipient.
“Sorry, dear customers your bank account (ATM, debit, credit cards) will freeze due to some security reasons. Verify your correct details. Otherwise, your account will be suspended permanently,” read the message.
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The message will then have a contact number that people can call. Individuals who receive the message are then instructed to make a call within 24 hours or else they will supposedly be locked out of their accounts.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority warns the public of the risk of fraudulent messages that mislead recipients into thinking that they are from reliable sources and invite them to click on certain links or send private information by phone, email or otherwise, ultimately making the recipient a victim of scams and online fraud.
The UAE Central Bank and other financial institutions in the country have also reminded the public not to disclose any personal details or information that might compromise their accounts.