Abu Dhabi: The authorities in Dubai have blocked 5,000 fake social media accounts since the second half of 2017.
The clampdown by Dubai Police is part of a new awareness campaign against online fraud, said Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of Criminal Investigation.
Dubai Police partnered with telecommunications firm Etisalat to closely monitor suspicious social media activity and block bogus accounts, using a smart system.
Theme 'Beware of False Accounts', the campaign seeks to expose the methods used by cybercriminals to target people on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among other platforms.
“Since a majority of the UAE's population are active on social media, the country has become an attractive target for cybercriminals”, police said.
Dubai Police have recorded 128 online fraud cases in 2015; 292 in 2016, 133 in 2017, and 126 cases so far this year.