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884 Scam Pages Unearthed In $280K Global Investment Scam

Links to the pages were shown in Facebook ads purchased by fraudsters, who lured users into making fake investments in market-leading companies.

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Group-IB, a global cybersecurity firm working alongside the UAE Cybersecurity Council, has published new research outlining an international fake investment scam that significantly impacted social media users in the Middle East.

Experts from Group-IB’s Digital Risk Protection team discovered 884 scam pages with traffic coming from Facebook advertisements purchased by the fraudsters. The social media campaign offered users the opportunity to invest in one of 35 market-leading firms, including legitimate financial, insurance, transportation, oil, gas, and construction companies.

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Group-IB researchers found English, Arabic, and Spanish Facebook ads. In Arabic-language advertisements, scammers enticed individuals with bold claims that they could “earn millions” by investing “a mere $200” amount.

If a user clicked on an ad, they were redirected to a scam page containing legitimate branding from a prominent company, along with a request for their name, email address, and phone number.

After filling out the form, users would receive daily emails claiming to be from a trading portal. Users would be urged to deposit funds into the fake trading account to begin buying stocks. The scammers would even resort to phone calls if a user didn’t respond. The elaborate con also requested bank details, ID, and passport copies.

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“Retail investing is becoming increasingly popular among individuals who are looking for ways to diversify their income. This particular scam is notable as the cybercriminals leverage multiple communication channels, such as email and direct phone calls, as part of their social engineering efforts. We urge individuals to never share personal information or money with third parties unless you are certain of their legitimacy,” said Sharef Hlal, Head of Group-IB’s MEA Digital Risk Protection Analytics Team.

In total, 60% of the scam pages targeted users from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Based on Group-IB’s research, the criminal campaign is thought to have caused $280,000 in financial damages between March and June 2023.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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