Bahrain’s Expatriate Community Targeted with Fake LMRA E-mail
A fake electronic mail posing as message from LMRA (Labor Market Regulatory Authority), which hit the inboxes of Bahrain's expatriates during December first week 2013, is resulting in the requirement of every foreign employee towards getting his registration with the Authority, published gulf-daily-news.com dated December 30, 2013.
It may be noted that serving as a government agency, the Labor Market Regulatory Authority focuses on bringing about positive changes to the labor market in Bahrain.
Telling more about the currently going fraudulent e-mail scam, Ausamah Al Absi Chief Executive Officer of LMRA stated that the agency had distributed SMSes for the benefit of registered expatriates cautioning each one of the scam message that sought for defrauding many individuals off personal information as also their precious money after taking them onto one fake website. Gulf-daily-news.com published this.
Unfortunately, those without a registration with LMRA couldn't get cautioned directly so might've been victimized with the assault.
Al Absi informed that 96,000 SMSes were sent out, with approximately 70,000 of the people who received them working as laborers, however, others couldn't be contacted.
According to him, LMRA hoped that that via its registration schemes people would become members so every person in Bahrain could be reached and thereby easily cautioned of the problems arising and also be made wary of whatever was happening from time-to-time.
The fake e-mail admonished that unless recipients paid up, they would find their visas annulled.
Meanwhile, LMRA posted online that it wouldn't ever send communications asking for people's latest account or personal details else requiring them to validate the same via e-mail, SMS or phone.
Worryingly, it's because of the above kind of scam e-mails which have resulted in an increase in spam online, state analysts of the fraudulent e-mail campaign.
Thus, for avoiding getting victimized with the aforementioned scam, security specialists recommend certain easy security suggestions. These are: Internauts must not reveal their financial or other personal information over e-mail. They must run security software while also maintain an active firewall that are routinely updated. Finally, they must straight away erase such e-mails on getting them inside their inbox.
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