Pakistani expats in Dubai have been advised not to buy online tickets for repatriation flights as fraudsters continue to target them with fake tickets amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a video message on his Twitter account addressing Pakistani citizens in Dubai and northern emirates in the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Amjad Ali, Pakistan’s Consul-General in Dubai, warned them against making online payments for the flights, as the tickets are only available at airline counters.
Fraudsters are finding new ways to trick some of the thousands of Pakistani expats and tourists stranded in the UAE.
“Do not make any online payments. When the consulate calls you, you will be asked to go to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) counter in person and pay there. The ticket will have the government-approved price on it,” he said.
“Fraudsters are asking you to make online payments, but please beware that these people are lying and are trying to trick you. Please be careful of these people,” he added.