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Sohaila Ahmed, Staff Reporter
Sharjah Police General Directorate has launched an awareness campaign against online scams.
The month-long initiative targets members of the public including students of different age groups.
The launch took place in the presence of officials from Sharjah Police’s Media and Public Relations Department, the Criminal Investigation Department, Community Police Department, Comprehensive Police Stations, and External Areas Police Directorate.
Campaign activities aim to help the public become aware of the conning methods used by scammers including how they use fake text messages, steal bank account details, credit card numbers, and blackmail online.
Police are sending awareness messages to the public and participating in awareness exhibitions organised by universities, institutions, and schools.
Pamphlets are being distributed in three languages (Arabic, English, and Urdu), illustrating the dangers of online fraud.
Members of the public can directly contact police via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by calling (06-5943228), and through WhatsApp (055-9992158).
In January, Sharjah Police visited a number of schools in the emirate to conduct awareness lectures on bullying and cyber crimes.
The programmes targeted youth and students to ensure their understanding of their rights and instilled in them the basics of safety and security that would help them and the community around them live a safe and prosperous life.
The awareness campaigns will continue throughout the school year and include all schools in the Emirate of Sharjah.
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The lecture was organised with the collaboration of the Parents and Students Council of Sharjah Education Council.
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