Abu Dhabi Warns Residents of fake shopping sites, online scams

Residents of Abu Dhabi have been warned about the dangers of internet shopping scams by the judicial authority of Abu Dhabi.

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The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department

Despite repeated warnings, instances of people falling victim to online fraud persist, with scammers employing new tactics to dupe and gain unauthorized access to bank accounts.

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD)

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) posted an informative video on Instagram to illustrate the dangers of purchasing products from unreliable websites frequently promoted on social media platforms. These fraudulent websites often entice customers with remarkably low prices to lure unsuspecting buyers.

Typically, customers are required to make payments through bank transfers or credit cards. Once the transaction is completed and money transferred, the scammers vanish, leaving victims with financial losses and no recourse.

The ADJD emphasized that beyond financial loss, shopping from such dubious websites can lead to hacking, receipt of counterfeit goods, or even receiving nothing at all.

To safeguard against falling victim to online shopping scams, Abu Dhabi residents are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Exercise Caution: Do not blindly trust websites solely because they are advertised on social media.
  • Thorough Examination: Scrutinize each platform carefully before making a purchase.
  • Check Ratings and Comments: Verify the website's ratings and reviews from other users.
  • Choose Established E-commerce Sites: Prefer well-known e-commerce platforms with a proven history of secure transactions.

Review Policies:

​​​​​​​ Thoroughly read and comprehend the terms and conditions related to disputes, complaints, refunds, and contact information.

This advisory underscores the importance of informed and cautious online shopping practices to protect consumers from falling prey to fraudulent schemes and safeguard their financial interests.

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