Saudi university issues warning over rise in online fraud

Saudi university issues warning over rise in online fraud
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Updated 29 April 2022

Saudi university issues warning over rise in online fraud

Saudi university issues warning over rise in online fraud
  • NAUSS, through its Cybercrimes and Digital Forensics Center, highlighted 23 methods used by criminals to target individuals and companies

RIYADH: Naif Arab University of Security Sciences has warned of the increasing number of online financial fraud operations and the growing danger these scams pose to individuals, as well as government and private institutions.

NAUSS, through its Cybercrimes and Digital Forensics Center, highlighted 23 methods used by criminals to target individuals and companies, in addition to websites, platforms and programs used by scammers to lure victims.

The university also warned individuals and companies against responding to emails and advertisements offering investment opportunities in well-known institutions.

Financial fraud methods include the use of credible websites to attract potential victims through advertisements to invest in stocks, currencies and minerals. A victim’s personal information is gathered and they are contacted directly via phone or email.

NAUSS said that scammers also use fake versions of government apps and websites, such as Furijat, Jood and Absher platforms, which are available on Google Store. Around 14,000 downloads have been recorded for these fake applications.

Inbox Mass Mailer allows scammers to send thousands of emails to potential victims and redirect them to an application that asks for confidential information, which is then sold on the dark web.

“Some scammers also resort to impersonation,” NAUSS said, explaining that “they impersonate a bank employee and tell the victims that their personal data must be updated and that they will receive a text message containing a one-time password. This move provides the victims with a sense of credibility, which leads them to share the OTP they received on their phone number that is linked to the bank’s system, giving the scammers access to their bank accounts.”

Scammers usually use cryptocurrencies, which makes it difficult to track them outside the state borders, NAUSS said.

A recent NAUSS study found that more than 137,000 Arabs visit financial fraud websites and are subjected to various fraud approaches each day.

NAUSS has started offering a Master of Arts in Financial Integrity program in cooperation with the US-based Case Western Reserve University as part of its efforts to expand the knowledge and skills involved in the fight against financial crime.


Riyadh Season to launch ‘Ana Arabia’ on Saturday

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Riyadh Season to launch ‘Ana Arabia’ on Saturday

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  • The exhibition will feature exclusive and innovative products in fashion, jewelry, perfumes, leather and home accessories in an interactive environment

RIYADH: The exhibition “Ana Arabia” (Arabic for “I am an Arab Woman”), which highlights Arab women in design and fashion, will be launched on Saturday at Riyadh Front, one of the entertainment zones of Riyadh Season.

The exhibition will bring together Arab creators in what will be the largest gathering of its kind in the Middle East.

“Ana Arabia” will display the works of more than 200 designers from across the Arab world, allowing female designers and businesswomen to market their products and exchange experiences in the design sector.

The exhibition will feature exclusive and innovative products in fashion, jewelry, perfumes, leather and home accessories in an interactive environment.

It will also see exclusive meetings with top fashion and beauty experts to present their experiences.

The exhibition will open from 4 p.m. until midnight and will continue until Dec. 16. Tickets can be booked via the link: https://riyadhseason.sa/event-details-en.html?id=598/en_Ana_Arabiya

 

 


Saudi Heritage Commission registers 67 new historical sites

Visitors tour at majestic rock-hewn tombs of Madain Saleh near the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS)
Visitors tour at majestic rock-hewn tombs of Madain Saleh near the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS)
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Saudi Heritage Commission registers 67 new historical sites

Visitors tour at majestic rock-hewn tombs of Madain Saleh near the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS)
  • The commission commended the efforts of citizens, whom it considers key partners in preserving the Kingdom’s heritage, and called on the public to report any discovered archeological sites through the Balagh platform

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s Heritage Commission has registered 67 new archaeological and historical sites in the National Antiquities Register, bringing the total number of registered archeological sites across the Kingdom to 8,531.

The new sites included 15 in the Northern Borders, 13 in Tabuk, 10 in Hail, nine in Jouf, five in Qasim, four sites each in Riyadh and Asir, three sites each in Madinah and Baha, and one site in Makkah.

The commission seeks to discover and officially register the Kingdom’s archeological and historical sites in the National Antiquities Register and put them on digital maps that facilitate their administration, protection and preservation.

It also aims to build a special database for registered archaeological sites and save and document works that are implemented therein, as well as archive documents and photos of the heritage sites in Saudi Arabia.

The commission commended the efforts of citizens, whom it considers key partners in preserving the Kingdom’s heritage, and called on the public to report any discovered archeological sites through the Balagh platform.

The commission is tasked with this responsibility under the second paragraph of Article 8 of the Law of Antiquities, Museums and Urban Heritage.

Under the Ministry of Culture, the commission has established a nationwide conservation strategy covering four categories: antiquities, urban heritage, handicrafts and intangible cultural heritage.

Under the patronage of UNESCO and the World Heritage Center, the International Council on Monuments and Sites has marked April 18 each year as Heritage Day, which is celebrated globally, including in Saudi Arabia.

 

 


HRDF redesigns support programs to keep pace with labor-market changes

HRDF redesigns support programs to keep pace with labor-market changes
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HRDF redesigns support programs to keep pace with labor-market changes

HRDF redesigns support programs to keep pace with labor-market changes

RIYADH: The Human Resources Development Fund announced on Sunday that it has redesigned its support programs under its three main pillars of guidance, training and empowerment.

The HRDF’s eight programs are now training support, work-based training, e-training, vocational guidance, functional alignment, income support, empowerment, and jobseekers assistance. 

The revamp is part of the HRDF’s new strategy, which is based on three key objectives: supporting the development of human resources in line with the needs of the labor market, increasing the efficiency of matching supply and demand for jobs, and enabling groups facing challenges to enter, or remain in, the labor market.

In an earlier statement, the HRDF explained that the new strategy will strengthen and develop its relationship with the private sector as a “key pillar to promoting development and achieving sustainability through cooperation in various areas that serve the labor market and contribute to its growth and prosperity.”

The statement continued: “We have been eager to develop our strategy, programs, and services to maintain continuous communication with business sector members.” 

According to data from the National Labor Observatory, the HRDF supported the employment of 277,000 Saudis in private sector facilities during the first nine months of 2022 at a cost of SR3.75 billion ($997.4 million).

Oqab Al-Thaqafi, an HR expert, noted that localization is one of the primary goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

“We have a large number of young Saudis who want to be a part of the transformation led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Al-Thaqafi noted. “Human resources are both a critical asset and a critical challenge in Saudi Arabia. The market (for Saudi talent) is quite competitive, which has resulted in an increased turnover in several areas in which Saudis have already reached the required level.

“Many jobs demand competitive talents rather than a specialized degree. These skills can be discovered after we have adequate programs in place,” he said.

Fuad Fallatah, a former recruiting adviser at “national labor gateway” TAQAT, said, “Human resources officers and executive directors must sustain staff” to avoid job burnout.

“It is critical for businesses to organize workshops for their employees and provide incentives to measure the impact of workshops on the quality of staff performance,” he said, noting that one option for developing staff performance was to rotate them carefully so that each employee had appropriate knowledge and skills in more than one section.

Fallatah believes that current employees should not rely on specific skills but should “constantly develop skills and take advantage of colleagues’ experiences, in addition to developing skills of their own and this should be reflected in the enterprise’s growth.”

Fallatah encouraged job seekers to research the requirements of the labor market and consider how they can increase their professional value through learning and personal development.


People with disabilities take the stage at Gulf Theatre Festival

People with disabilities take the stage at Gulf Theatre Festival
Updated 04 December 2022

People with disabilities take the stage at Gulf Theatre Festival

People with disabilities take the stage at Gulf Theatre Festival
  • Ahmad bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi said: “The initiatives, programs and projects offered to people with disabilities in the Kingdom reflect our wise leadership’s interest in this group … and the achievement of equal opportunities for them”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is currently hosting the sixth Gulf Theater Festival for People with Disabilities at the Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University Conference Center in Riyadh.

The nine-day festival, organized by the Authority for Persons with Disabilities, began on Friday, Dec. 2 and will feature six theatrical performances from the GCC alongside interactive events and theater workshops.

Eng. Ahmad bin Sulaiman AlRajhi, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, caressing a child with disability during the opening ceremony of the Sixth Gulf Theater Festival for People with Disabilities organized by the Authority of People with Disabilities in Riyadh. (SPA)

The festival aims to promote inclusivity, and boost awareness, of people with disabilities.

Ahmad bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, minister of human resources and social development, said: “The initiatives, programs and projects offered to people with disabilities in the Kingdom reflect our wise leadership’s interest in this group … and the achievement of equal opportunities for them.”  

The Kingdom is hosting this session for the first time, with the aim of discovering and developing the talents of our sons and daughters with disabilities in the GCC in the fields of arts and increasing their participation in cultural events.

Ahmad Al-Rajhi, Saudi minister of human resources and social development

He added: “The Kingdom is hosting this session for the first time, with the aim of discovering and developing the talents of our sons and daughters with disabilities in the GCC in the fields of arts and increasing their participation in cultural events.”

Alanoud Alfaqeer, the supervisor of the sixth Gulf Theatre Festival for People with Disabilities, General Manager of Partnerships and Cooperations at APD. (Supplied)

Alanoud Al-Faqeer, the supervisor of the festival, said: “Theater is one of the mechanisms through which the awareness of the public can be raised. Theater helps showcase talents and motivate people with disabilities to integrate into society.”

“Saudi Arabia welcomes all people with disabilities … all arrangements have been made to contribute to the festival’s success and provide support to all participants to showcase their performances in an amazing manner,” she added.

The director of the executive office of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Amer Al-Hajri, called for greater efforts to empower people with disabilities by providing them with appropriate opportunities of all kinds to show their talents.

 


Saudi Arabia joins International Olive Council

Officials pose for a group photo in Madrid, Spain. (Supplied)
Officials pose for a group photo in Madrid, Spain. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia joins International Olive Council

Officials pose for a group photo in Madrid, Spain. (Supplied)
  • During the ceremony, Al-Qain raised the Saudi flag and planted an olive tree in the Peace Garden of the council

MADRID: Saudi Arabia has joined the International Olive Council, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

A ceremony was held to mark the occasion at the council’s headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

Among those who attended were the Saudi ambassador to Spain, Azzam bin Abdulkarim Al-Qain, and the executive director of the IOC, Abdellatif Ghedira.

During the ceremony, Al-Qain raised the Saudi flag and planted an olive tree in the Peace Garden of the council.

Other officials present were Spain’s Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas, Jordan’s Minister of Agriculture and IOC President Khaled Hanifat, Tunisia’s Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Elias Hamza, and several ambassadors of the member states of the council.

The IOC is a UN-affiliated intergovernmental organization consisting of many countries around the world who seek to expand trade, standardize quality production, and enhance research, training and technology transfer.