Dr. Maram Al-Otaiby, laboratory operations exec at Saudi Health Ministry

Dr. Maram Al-Otaiby, laboratory operations exec at Saudi Health Ministry
Dr. Maram Al-Otaiby
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Updated 24 July 2020

Dr. Maram Al-Otaiby, laboratory operations exec at Saudi Health Ministry

Dr. Maram Al-Otaiby, laboratory operations exec at Saudi Health Ministry

Dr. Maram Al-Otaiby has been recently appointed as head of the laboratory operations management center at the Ministry of Health and the general supervisor of laboratory operations.

Al-Otaiby received her bachelor’s degree in genetics from the University of Arkansas in 2005. She also attained her master’s degree in biotechnology from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in 2007, and completed her Ph.D. in cancer biology from the same university in 2012. 

Prior to her current position, Al-Otaiby worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgetown University Medical Center from May 2012 to August 2015. 

She holds several positions at the medical department of King Saud University (KSU), Riyadh. Al-Otaiby has been the director of genetic services since January 2019, head of the molecular genetic lab since February 2016, director of the genome project since January 2016, and assistant professor since August 2015. She also served as head of the cytogenetic lab at KSU from June 2016 to January 2019.

Al-Otaiby shared her appreciation for her new appointment on Twitter. 

@dralrowis wrote: “My sincere thanks and appreciation to the leaders in charge at the Ministry of Health for their kind trust in my assignment as head of the laboratory operations management center and general supervisor of laboratory operations. I ask Allah for guidance and success.

“I send my thanks and gratitude to my colleagues and everyone who congratulated me and sent me their blessings, and I apologize to those who I could not respond to.”


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.