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.


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Updated 04 October 2022

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RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) concluded on Saturday the voluntary medical program to combat blindness and its diseases in Nawabganj Town, Bangladesh. 
The project came within ‘Noor Saudi Arabia’ voluntary program.
Since its beginning, the KSRelief’s voluntary medical team has medically examined 4,610 cases, distributed 1,616 glasses, and performed 519 successful cataract surgeries.
This campaign is part of the voluntary projects, implemented by the KSRelief in several countries, with the aim of providing treatment to people with limited income.


KSRelief distributed food baskets in Pakistan, Sudan and Lebanon

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Updated 04 October 2022

KSRelief distributed food baskets in Pakistan, Sudan and Lebanon

KSRelief distributed food baskets in Pakistan, Sudan and Lebanon

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continued to provide assistance to people in disaster-hit areas and refugee camps.
Various relief aid was distributed to those affected by the floods in Pakistan with as many as 1,360 food baskets distributed, which benefited 9,520 people.
These efforts come within the Saudi relief airlift operations that have been dispatched, under the directives of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.
Similarly, KSRelief distributed 455 food baskets in Khartoum, Sudan – or translated to 2,503 individual recipients – as part of programmed efforts to help needy families in the country this year.
KSRelief also distributed on Saturday 675 food baskets in the Arsal region of Lebanon, which benefited 3,375 people under the food security effort for Palestinian and Syrian refugees as well the host community there.


SDRPY participates in Mahri Forum in Yemen

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Updated 04 October 2022

SDRPY participates in Mahri Forum in Yemen

SDRPY participates in Mahri Forum in Yemen
  • The purpose of the forum is to contribute to raising and developing awareness toward cultural heritage, as well as to protect it from extinction

Al-MAHRA, Yemen: On Mahri Language Day, the Mahri Forum was held at Qishn School, Al-Mahra governorate, with the participation of the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen.

The purpose of the forum is to contribute to raising and developing awareness toward cultural heritage, as well as to protect it from extinction.

The SDRPY participation comes with reference to strengthening ties between both countries, as well as supporting culture in Yemen.

“We wish Yemen all the best, and may it recover within a secure, prosperous, and stable environment. May Yemen be able to contribute to the projects and initiatives hosted by the SDRPY, which amounted to 224 programs and initiatives in total, including more than 50 projects in Al-Mahra, with the purpose of improving its daily life and raising the efficiency of infrastructure in various sectors,” said Abdullah Basilman, director of the SDRPY’s program office in Al-Mahra.

Mahri is a Semitic language like Soqotri and Shehri, among others. SDRPY aims to contribute to the revival of the Mahri language and avoid its extinction through its participation in the forum.


Tawqeer initiative launched for elderly pilgrims

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Updated 03 October 2022

Tawqeer initiative launched for elderly pilgrims

Tawqeer initiative launched for elderly pilgrims

MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, represented by the social, voluntary and humanitarian services, has launched the “Tawqeer” (elderly care) initiative, through which several programs and services are provided for elderly people to enable them to perform rituals in ease and comfort, enriching their experience.

Two Holy Mosques chief Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais affirmed the presidency’s keenness to provide the best social, voluntary and humanitarian services to pilgrims while applying preventive measures, following health instructions and providing visitors with a safe and healthy environment in the Grand Mosque in Makkah.