Abbas bin Ahmed Hadi, member of the Saudi Shoura Council

Abbas bin Ahmed Hadi, member of the Saudi Shoura Council
Abbas bin Ahmed Hadi
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Updated 29 November 2020

Abbas bin Ahmed Hadi, member of the Saudi Shoura Council

Abbas bin Ahmed Hadi, member of the Saudi Shoura Council

Abbas bin Ahmed Hadi has been a member of the Shoura Council since 2015. His services have recently been extended for four years following a royal order to reconstruct the Shoura Council.

Hadi received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1986.

He worked as an engineer and a supervisor of several departments at Saudi Aramco’s Yanbu refinery from 2004 to 2011, before moving to Ras Tanura refinery, the biggest oil facility in the Arabian Gulf, where he served as a maintenance manager for a few months. He was also the maintenance overseer at the Riyadh refinery, another Saudi Aramco facility.

In 2012, Hadi became an adviser to the housing minister at the Ministry of Housing. In May, he became deputy minister in the same ministry until 2014.

Hadi, who is also a member of several committees, has represented the Kingdom in regional and global conferences and forums. He represented the Saudi Ministry of Housing at the three-day 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development held in Seoul, South Korea, in November 2014.

Hadi also headed a Saudi delegation to a housing conference for Asian countries held in Singapore. He also took part in the annual conference on industrial safety in Amsterdam, as well as the petroleum products refining conference, which took place in Barcelona, and the oil and gas conference, held in Dubai, UAE.

In 2019, Hadi chaired the Saudi-Japanese Parliamentary Friendship Committee held in the Saudi capital, where he and the Japanese ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Tsukasa Uemura, discussed bilateral relations.


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 (SAMA) 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.