Saudi trade summit takes place in Riyadh

Saudi trade summit takes place in Riyadh
The 7th Annual Saudi Trade Finance (STF) Summit took place recently in Riyadh, with the slogan “Enabling the Kingdom’s vision for a better future.” (Twitter/@QnAIntl)
Updated 20 November 2019

Saudi trade summit takes place in Riyadh

Saudi trade summit takes place in Riyadh
  • The summit was founded in 2013 to bridge the gap between CFOs and financial institutions
  • The high-profile event provided a platform to bring together CEOs, presidents, chairmen, group CFOs, finance and treasury heads and thriving government agencies in the Kingdom

RIYADH: The 7th Annual Saudi Trade Finance (STF) Summit took place recently in Riyadh, with the slogan “Enabling the Kingdom’s vision for a better future.”
The high-profile event provided a platform to bring together CEOs, presidents, chairmen, group CFOs, finance and treasury heads and thriving government agencies in the Kingdom to open up thought-provoking panels on current trends, challenges and opportunities in the finance sector.
The summit was founded in 2013 to bridge the gap between CFOs and financial institutions, and this year the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Monshaat) organized, supported, developed and sponsored the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector.
Monshaat, as a supporting partner of STF, told Arab News: “The efforts of Monshaat in the finance sector is verified into many categories dedicated to small and medium enterprises, including: Venture Capital, SMEs fees refund, funding platform, and indirect lending with a total budget of approximately SR11.4 billion ($3.039 billion) distributed among them.
“An example of one portal is the funding platform, that brings together entrepreneurs and owners of SMEs looking for financing, allow them to choose appropriate financing and connect them to 20 20 funding partners including banks, finance companies and investment companies.”
The STF Summit’s informative conference sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities this year have emphasized the diversification of the economy to empower financial institutions and corporates in achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 Program through sustainable growth.


Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia

Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia
Vishing that occurs during a telephone call aims to provoke fear in the victim so that customers will be more susceptible to giving out personal, financial, or security details. (shutterstock)
Updated 18 January 2021

Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia

Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia
  • The Saudi Central Bank has warned bank customers, both citizens and expatriates, not to fall victim to financial frauds being perpetrated by scammers

JEDDAH: Fraudsters have developed a new scam, contacting residents in Saudi Arabia and pretending to be bank staffers requesting customer details.
A number of Arab News staff have received such calls in recent weeks. One caller spoke Urdu while two other callers posing as senior officials from the headquarters of the bank spoke in English and Arabic with a local accent.
They used phone numbers that appeared to be local numbers but upon calling back, the lines failed to connect.
The racketeers collect phone numbers of customers and ring them up, saying that their bank account or ATM card requires immediate updating. The scammers use the information provided to gain access to their bank accounts.
Speaking to Arab News, Talat Zaki Hafiz, secretary-general of the Media and Banking Awareness Committee of Saudi banks, said: “Saudi banks represented by the Media and Banking Awareness Committee have repeatedly warned bank customers not to react to stray phone calls of any kind coming from unknown sources that ask to update their banking record or personal information.” He further confirmed that banks do not request such information through phone calls or SMS messages.
Mohammed Khurram Khan, a professor of cybersecurity at the King Saud University in Riyadh, told Arab News: “Phishing, an online scam which targets users through emails where individuals are encouraged to click on a link that takes them to fraudulent sites, was troubling people. Now it’s a different kind of scam known as ‘vishing,’ over-the-phone phishing, where scammers persuade users to share their banking information by impersonating a bank official.”

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The racketeers collect phone numbers of customers and ring them up, saying that their bank account or ATM card requires immediate updating. The scammers use the information provided to gain access to their bank accounts.

Vishing that occurs during a telephone call aims to provoke fear in the victim so that customers will be more susceptible to giving out personal, financial, or security details.
Sharing his experience Zafar Hasan, an e-learning consultant in Riyadh, said: “I received a call from someone on an unknown mobile number who introduced himself as a bank employee and told me that my ATM card was going to be blocked. It required an immediate update so I should give my Iqama number (residence permit number) and sixteen-digit ATM card number. I felt something was fishy, so I told him that I would go personally to the bank to update the card.”
The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) has warned bank customers, both citizens and expatriates, not to fall victim to financial frauds being perpetrated by scammers.
SAMA called on bank customers to take information only from the official channels of the bodies regulating the Kingdom’s financial and investment sectors and inform the competent security authorities about such fraudulent attempts.