Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 22 September 2019

11 arrested for running mobile phone scam in Abu Dhabi

The gang would send people messages claiming they won prizes then asked for bank details to deposit the winnings

A gang of 11 were arrested for running a phone scam targeting people across the country, police said on Thursday.

Police at Hili station received reports from people who were sent messages telling them they won prizes and asking them for their bank details. The scammers told the message recipients that they would use the bank details to deposit the winnings, said Col Mubarak Al Sabousi, director of Al Ain Police Directorate in the Criminal Security Sector.


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The force worked with Dubai Police to track down and arrest the 11 accused - all of Asian origin - and to seize their credit cards, bank transfer receipts, chequebooks, phone sim cards and money.

The gang members each admitted to being involved in the scam and have been referred to public prosecution for legal action, Col Al Sabousi said.

He also warned the public to be wary of fraudulent messages and new scamming methods employed by criminals that take advantage of new technologies.

Updated: May 3, 2018 05:57 PM