A warning has been issued by Abu Dhabi police about potential scams circulating on WhatsApp and social media during Ramadan, WAM reports.

The public is being urged to be aware of any fraudulent communications that they may come across, and to “ignore these fake requests” and if they suspect anything suspicious to the authorities.

“The reasons for begging in general and their concentration in Ramadan were attributed to the failure of some members of society to report beggars, which would motivate them to continue with their illicit goals,” the police said in a statement.

“Electronic begging is similar to traditional begging, which includes propitiating people by misleading methods and tricks, dramatic stories and fabricated accounts to drain the victims ’savings by promising to provide charitable aid to fictitious individuals and bodies.”

If any members of the public do receive any messages or emails they suspect to be fraudulent, they should contact police by calling 8002626 (AMAN2626), texting (2828) or by email aman@adpolice.gov.

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