• GDFRA urged customers to avoid clicking on any unknown links and avoid interacting with anonymous messages

Scammers are taking undue advantage of the travel season as many residents’ plan to go for vacations with their families to spend quality time together.

The fraudsters are taking the route of broadcast messages in the same of GDRFA officials (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs), Dubai. The broadcast messages reflect the statement, “We have suspended use of your passport.”

“You have been restricted from leaving the United Arab Emirates. Please declare your residential address, otherwise you shall be held liable. Those who fail to declare will be fined 50,000 dirhams and restricted from leaving the country,” added the illegal text message that also contained a malicious weblink.

Numbers that were used in sending anomalous messages show originating from Nigeria (+234) and Ethiopia (+251). GDRFA officials advised all the customers to exercise caution and refrain from responding to any potentially suspicious text messages. They further recommended customers to avoid interacting with anonymous messages or clicking on malicious links from anonymous sources.

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