The Royal Oman Police and Bank Muscat have announced that they will continue to cooperate closely and partner in implementing their joint anti-fraud campaign for the third consecutive year. This announcement comes after the great success of the campaign in previous years as well as the excellent feedback from the general public regarding enhanced awareness of various types of fraud and preventing them. With digital payments building momentum over the past, criminals from across the globe have increased efforts to defraud the general public, including new ways to cheat people through fake business deals, products and services.
The awareness campaign is being carried out as part of social responsibility using various media channels including Oman TV, radio, print, online media and social media. The jointly-run campaign advises the public to always verify who they are dealing with before conducting any transaction, and also follow ‘best practices’ for their digital safety. The campaign provides examples of how fraudsters are perpetrating fraud and the consequences of blindly trusting people, especially when making purchases through the Internet without being sure of the seller’s credentials. The messages of the 2022 campaign provide examples of how fraudsters are perpetrating fraud and the consequences of sharing personal or banking data with others. This is especially true when conducting transactions online.
A number of informational videos and messages are being broadcast to the general public through both traditional and digital media, which emphasises the prevention of fraud that targets children and youth as well as their parents through online games that steal banking data, phishing emails that target businesses and individuals etc.