Indian expats set to return to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been warned by the UAE Embassy in New Delhi about fake flight approval letters issued by scamsters.
The UAE embassy put out a tweet advising all its "visitors and clients" to only visit the official website.
"Please avoid visiting suspicious sites, @UAEembassyIndia shall not be responsible if any damage occurs," the UAE Embassy tweeted.
The Khaleej Times had reportedly investigated allegations of conmen using a fake website to send out flight approval letters.
The Khaleej Times report said the bogus portal had conned several travellers until July 26.
The official advisory becomes all the more relevant as the Emirates has decided to allow vaccinated Indians with valid visas to return from September 12.
The decision comes in the wake of the lifting of a travel ban imposed on countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, etc.
It is estimated that Indians comprise over 25 per cent of the population of the UAE, making it the largest ethnic community there.
According to the Indian Embassy, approximately 3.42 million Indians live in the UAE.
Kerala is the most represented Indian state in the Emirates followed by Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.