The police have also asked netizens to refrain from clicking on any suspicious or unverified links. There has been an increase in the number of phishing scams and online thefts, and citizens have been alerted to not leave any loopholes that could make them the victim.

A recent case highlighted by the police is about a user who saved credit card details on the smartphone. Storing such sensitive data is ‘asking for trouble’, said the police.

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According to Gulfnews, Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs spoke about this recent theft wherein a citizen’s card was used for shopping in different countries around the world. And, the hackers managed to make purchases of over Rs 5 lakhs.

He is said to have saved his card details along with the pin number inside in the phone memory, making it easier for hackers. Lieutenant Colonel Salem Bin Salmeen, deputy director of Cyber-Crimes Department in Dubai Police reportedly said that by the time victim alerted the police, it was too late as the crime took place outside Dubai.

It was later discovered that hackers managed to get easy access to his device from an application that the user had downloaded through jailbreak. The police have asked citizens to be careful while downloading software or any application.