x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Man in court over online bank scam

Prosecutors accuse a 47-year-old Nigerian of sending an e-mail to a Belgian manager that asked him to update his details with a link to a bogus National Bank of Abu Dhabi website.

DUBAI // A man has been charged with online fraud after allegedly embezzling Dh50,000. Prosecutors accused EO, a 47-year-old Nigerian, of sending an e-mail to a Belgian manager that asked him to update his details with a link to a bogus National Bank of Abu Dhabi website. EO denied the charge at a Dubai court yesterday. The victim, DA, entered his details on the website. The next day he received a text message from the bank that told him money had been transferred to the accused's account. The court will rule on July 22.

In a similar case on online fraud last November, a Nigerian man was sentenced to six months in jail after he embezzled US$4,000 (Dh14,700) from a Berlin-based teacher. The defendant posted the teacher a link to a fake Ministry of Labour website that asked for details to complete a job application. amustafa@thenational.ae