x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Dubai hacker jailed for theft and impersonation

A man hacked the email account of a company manager and stole US$12,000 in his name.

DUBAI // A man who stole US$12,000 after hacking into a company manager's email and impersonating him with a fake ID has been sentenced to a year in prison.

SM, 35, from Nigeria hacked into the account of the manager of Rameen Spare Parts company in Dubai and used the details he found to collect a money transfer of $12,000 the company was expecting.

The manager noticed the money was missing after checking with the Western Union exchange house that told him he had already collected the money.

He insisted he had not taken the money and when employees checked the identy card used to collect the payment they realised it was a fake.

He informed police, who examined surveillance cameras at the exchange house and tracked SM to an apartment in Sharjah.

At the apartment police found SM and his accomplice KS, 32, also from Nigeria, who was charged with aiding and abetting.

The Criminal Court sentenced KS to a year in prison.

salamir@thenational.ae