Monday, 19 Apr 2021
ROP has reiterated its warning against fake calls and messages after a recent spate of complaints.

ROP warns against fake calls, messages by impersonators searching for private details

According to officials, numerous folks have received calls and messages ‘on behalf of telecom companies and banks’ lately. These impostors lure folks by telling them that they have won money prizes and elicit bank account and other private specifics.

Earlier this year, ROP arrested a gang of 32 in two various raids on equivalent charges right after the perpetrators contacted their victims by means of telephone calls to inform them they had won money prizes to acquire their credit card details. A total of 60 mobile phones and much more than 70 SIM cards have been seized.

The trend is back now with folks getting calls from each neighborhood and international numbers, stated an ROP official. “Ignore calls or messages that announce monetary prizes to avoid falling prey to electronic fraud. We also advise people not to share any financial or personal information, and block such anonymous numbers or accounts,” the official stated.

Saada al Tauqi, a hotel employee, stated she received two calls from various numbers final week. “I got a call from a local number telling me I have won a big amount of money. I sensed something was fishy when the person started asking me about my account details and so I asked him a number of questions and so he hung up. When I tried to reach that number later, it was switched off. Just after a day, I got another call from an international number informing me that I had won in some raffle draw. He too needed my account details and I immediately hung up,” she stated.

ROP official stated fraudsters are making use of various indicates to cheat folks. “Avoid responding to calls, messages from a suspicious source. Also, online users should refrain from responding to social media requests asking for personal details,” the official added.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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