x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Three men held in fake note scam

Police arrest the trio on suspicion of trying to use forged Dh500 notes to buy cheap items then pocketing the real notes given as change.

ABU DHABI // Three Arab men have been arrested on suspicion of trying to use forged Dh500 notes to buy cheap items such as phone top-up cards, then pocketing the real notes given as change, according to Abu Dhabi Police. Police said one suspect, who was arrested on the spot, later confessed to possessing the forged notes. The man, identified as SHD, allegedly bought 45 fake Dh500 notes from another man, identified as HAS, who sold them through a middleman, MMT, for between Dh100 and Dh150 each.

SHD had already cashed 10 notes by buying cheap items in several stores and had eight in his possession when he was arrested, Col al Sharifi said. Police said the second suspect admitted having 48 counterfeit notes, which he claimed to have bought from an Arab man no longer in the country. tspender@thenational.ae