Magic Pen Fraud

The “Magic Pen” (Pen with Erasable Ink) method used by fraudsters, posing as bank representatives to dupe customers is on the rise. This fraudulent activity appears to be continuing and hence we wish to reiterate the precautions that you need to take to safeguard yourself from such fraudsters.

These fraudsters ask customers to complete the Loan / Credit Card applications and request for a cheque from you to be used as “Security Cheque”. The fraudster fills up the details on the cheque in your presence using his magic pen and requests you to sign the cheque.

Subsequently, the details of beneficiary and amount in the cheque are altered since it was filled up with the magic pen, which allows the details entered to be erased without a trace.  The cheque is then encashed by fraudsters using assistance of third parties.

What should you do if you are approached by a representative of a bank selling a Credit Card or Personal Loan?

• Please ask the representative to identify himself and check his photo ID card issued by the bank. • Do not hand a blank security cheque.  Please fill in all details in the cheque including name of the beneficiary (which should be the bank’s name) and amount with your own pen.

• Do not use the pens provided by the other party to fill in details of the cheque or loan / card documents.

• If in doubt contact the concerned bank on their land line and confirm that the representative indeed works for the bank he claims to represent.

Further, note that the Bank will never ask you to share your banking credentials or log in to an email link to claim a prize, refund or update your account details to avoid closure. Please do not respond with such information to any email, SMS or WhatsApp message claiming to be from the bank. 

Be aware. Be Secure.

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Abu Dhabi International Airport

The Abu Dhabi International Airport has developed quite a bit since the last time I travelled here.
The place is clean and arrival was pretty smooth with the eGate in place. The information part still lacks behind and needs to be more clear.
The security check process was quite easy and simple on arrival.
The couch service to Dubai was hard to find and there was no one practically a available to guide the Notepassengers, while the waiting area did not exist and most people just stood in the heat waiting for their turn.
The accessibility of the Airport by Taxi is quite expensive and a few public buses are available but again hard to find.
The Diamond Lounge for MasterCard users is a hard to find place and is located before the immigration and security check points in the VIP Terminal. All that needs to be done is to first Check-in with the respective Airline, get the boarding pass and follow the sign board in the Main Terminal Building to the VIP Terminal Located on the ground floor. Upon entering the building you will be asked to provide your Lounge Pass along with the Passport and Boarding Pass and a security check it done. The Diamond Lounge personnel will once again check the above and admit you in the lounge and get your immigration done for you while you sit back, relax and unwind. At the time of boarding you will be taken to the boarding gate just in time for the flight. What a wonderful treat to begin the journey with.
So that’s a day’s experience of transit through the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Hope to write a bit more as I journey to the US and back, Inshallah.

Note: To be able to arrive (enter the UAE) and depart one would need a valid Visa unless you have a passport that allows Visa free entry.

The Diamond Lounge or the VIP Terminal could not be used if you are traveling to the US on a direct flight from Abu Dhabi since the immigration clearance for the US is done in the Abu Dhabi itself before boarding the flight.

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Flying Etihad Economy to Abu Dhabi from Karachi

It’s surely not the very first time that I have traveled on Etihad but this time the 5AM EY222 flight on 5th July 2019 from Karachi to Abu Dhabi was somewhat a one taken after a long time on this route.

The Boarding was as usual not so good an experience at the Jinnah International where the queues are long, the check in counters are not enough and not to say that they start late as well. Same was the situation for the immigration clearance.

Had some time to unwind at the CIP Lounge and then headed to Gate 27 for boarding, which was pretty smooth.

My seat was a preferred Isle seat 14C. The A320 had rows of 3 x 3 seats, that do need change in upholstery. The seat was not much wide but had sensible amount of leg room and an adjustable head rest.

The temperature of Aircraft was chilled and blankets were provided which I never use anyways.

The crew was most welcoming and greeted everyone with a smile.

The economy cabin was packed as usual though the business class was no extraordinary looking at the short route and the price.

The snack provided onboard was okay with a chicken wrap and some sweet stuff which I did not have a chance to taste.

The eBox introduced by Etihad for onboard entertainment was just okay with me having to get a chance to watch the Indian TV Show Khichdi after a long time. Was much entertaining.

The Aircraft was too noisy during the entire trip, although the seats near the wings do have the sound issue but this was much more than normal.

We reached out destination half an hour earlier to the scheduled arrival, however, the landing was a bit jerky.

Over all Etihad would be rated as an Airline with not much of an upper class service except for the polite crew onboard.

The immigration was quick in Abu Dhabi as usual, thanks to the eGate facility.

So that’s it for the day, until I get a chance to write about another travel experience which I do intend to do in a short while.

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Safety for USB Charging Devices

Refrain from using free public USB charging ports as your data may be stolen.

Juice Jacking is a cyber attack, where malware is installed on to or data is copied from a device using a charging port that doubles as a data connection, typically over USB.

Avoid public USB based charging stations whenever possible.

Switch off your phone before plugging into public charging ports.

Disable the data transfer feature while connecting to public kiosks or other untrusted computer systems.

Always charge your mobile phone from your personal charger or power bank.

Make it a habit to charge your phone at your home, when you are not actively using it.

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