|11 July, 2019

Emirates Post issues fake S10 contest warning

The government agency has warned against opening a link circulating online

Image used for illustrative purpose. A Samsung employee arranges the new Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphones at a press event in London, Britain February 20, 2019.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A Samsung employee arranges the new Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphones at a press event in London, Britain February 20, 2019.

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UAE residents have been warned about a fake government department promotion, offering free smartphones.

On Wednesday, Emirates Post issued a brief statement warning residents about a fraudulent link/message circulating online that asks for customers' personal information to participate in a contest/draw where they could win a Samsung S10.

Emirates Post added that they were working with the cyber security team and authorities to end this scam and to prosecute those who created it.

The organisation has urged residents to be wary of this scam, and that they are not liable.

UAE cybercrime laws

The UAE has clear - and strict - laws against cybercrimes, with various penalties that can include lengthy prison terms and fines of up to Dh3 million.

UAE Cybercrime Law No. 5 of 2012, which was issued by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, includes a range of violations and penalties, with fines ranging between Dh50,000 and Dh3 million depending on the type and severity of offence.

Those caught using technology to invade someone else's privacy - which can even include eavesdropping, copying photos or publishing news - can be jailed for six months and face fines of between Dh150,000 and Dh300,000.

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