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In the statement, the Central Bank said, "Fraudsters always look for opportunities to target consumers, and as the public is engaged with coronavirus pandemic news; fraudsters are using different tactics to increase fraudulent activities on banking customers."
CBUAE cautioned consumers saying that it would never ask consumers about private information — such as personal and bank account information. It warned consumers to be alert and aware of malicious phone calls and WhatsApp messages claiming to be from CBUAE. It added that such calls and messages are of a fraudulent nature.
"We also alert the public to avoid responding to such calls, messages, and opening any hyperlink that may be attached, which may provide exposure to a malicious website and inform authorities immediately," it added.
The public should be aware that CBUAE never conducts phone calls - unless a consumer complaint has been logged through the right channels with a reference number - or uses social media to contact individuals or businesses.
Any suspected fraudulent phone call should be reported to the respective authorities, the Central Bank advised, adding that it is closely working with concerned authorities to halt such fraudulent activities.
With more than 35 years of experience in the banking and financial services, Saeed held key positions as a board member of the First Abu Dhabi Bank, the Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company, the Emirates Investment Authority, the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and Sky News Arabia.
Official records indicate that the defendant and his accomplices have come up with an elaborate scheme of impersonating an American woman and luring the victim through WhatsApp in order to assault and rob him.
In the details, the plaintiff reportedly hired a construction company to carry out maintenance work and to add storeys to a commercial-residential building and its annexe.
There were firefighters present, which reassured the diners who went on eating like “nothing had happened".
In the video, a lion can be seen freely roaming around in a village before it is taken aback by the invasion of the dogs, who succeed in chasing away the majestic creature. The big cat soon runs towards a kine of cows standing nearby.
The well wishers attended a banquet Iftar held by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed on this occasion.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced, on Friday, that 457 people had been arrested, and that 441 police and gendarmerie officers were injured on Thursday, in France, during the ninth day of protests against pension reform.