The police have urged the public to help crack down online extortionists by immediately reporting any related activities through the use of its e-crime platform so as not to let scammers trick more victims.
According to Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs at Dubai Police, a number of electronic crime victims often delay or rarely report the crimes against them because they fear embarrassment or would rather not have their personal information made public.
Dubai Police Cracks Down on Online Extortion w/ e-Crime Platform
According to Al Mansouri, the public should not hesitate in reporting e-crimes. The police have created an e-crime platform for the public to easily lodge their complaints regarding e-crimes, such as hacking and online extortion, via the Dubai Police’s website and mobile app.
Al Mansouri further explained that complaints filed through the e-crime platform are received in a confidential and secure manner. Since its launch on May 3 this year, the e-crime platform has already received 1,933 complaints up until this day.
In other related news, Lieutenant Colonel Salem Salmeen, Deputy Director of Cybercrimes Department at Dubai Police, shared that they have recently received a complaint from an Arab woman who was scammed of AED 30,000 by a scammer.
Lt Col. Sameen reminded the public to alert the police about anything suspicious or if they have been victimized with online extortion. Here are the steps on how to use the platform:
- Go to ecrime.ae
- Provide your answer to this question:
“Is the report submitted related to the Internet or cyberspace? (Email, social media, internet calls, cybercrime, hacking, blackmail)”
- Select the type of complaint (i.e. personal, private entity, local government entity or federal entity)
- Provide your Emirates ID electronically.
- Input your address, mobile number and email ID.
- The system will send you an SMS containing a verification code, which you will use to continue with your report.
- Provide the details of the complaint and hit ‘Submit.’
Prompt reporting of any suspicious or illegal online activity through the Dubai Police website or app can greatly help reduce the incidence of cases of fraud and e-crimes in the country.