x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Forged passports used in SIM card fraud, court told

Men also stole credit card information to recharge the cards, according to prosecutors.

 

DUBAI // Two men were charged this morning with forging two passport copies belonging to unidentified men and using them to obtain 12 SIM cards from Du, a Dubai court heard.

RA, 25, an Indian customer service officer at Du, appeared before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance today and denied the charges. His accomplice RAB, 29, also Indian and a Du customer service officer, did not attend the hearing.

Prosecutors accused both men of making photocopies of passports, then forging the information on the residency stamps to show the owners of the passports worked for Dubai Emirates National Bank. They then used the forged copies, helped by a third, unidentified defendant, to get SIM cards from Du.

According to court records, the two men also saved credit card information of Du customers and used it to embezzle Dh6,000 between May 5 and 9, 2010. Records said they recharged 12 SIM cards using 48 credit accounts.

MG, an Emirati co-ordinator at Du, testified that the incident was discovered when he was tracing large transfers from credit cards and came across repeated recharge processes for certain numbers. He said his suspicions were aroused when several different credit cards were used to recharge the same phones.

NJ, a fraud-tracing specialist, told prosecutors the SIM card numbers were all purchased from the same shop near the home of the two defendants in Sharjah.

The next hearing will be on April 21.

salamir@thenational.ae