Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 21 September 2020

Dubai Police foil gang's plan to scam victims out of billions of dirhams

Arrested gang found to have already stolen Dh32m through online scams

A gang of nine men who stole Dh32 million in a series of online crimes has been arrested in Dubai.

The men, from African countries, operated 81 fake companies in more than a dozen countries from a flat in Dubai, and would use fake job advertisements to prey on unsuspecting victims.

“They offered fake jobs to numerous individuals and sent them forged proposals and documents that prompted their victims to wire them employment fees,” said Brig Jamal Al Jallaf, director of Dubai Police CID.

Police surveyed their social media accounts and email addresses and, when they heard the men planned to leave the country, raided the flat.

The men were arrested in an operation named "Fox Hunting". Their mobile phones and laptops were found to contain incriminating information, including documents detailing frauds they planned to carry out.

The men were to use the illegally obtained data from people, companies and banks to steal Dh64m from 1,126 credits cards.

“They had also planned a Dh4 billion scheme targeting 800,000 email addresses,” said Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for criminal investigation affairs.

The men were referred to Public Prosecution.

Updated: February 4, 2020 01:14 AM

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