Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 22 May 2019

Two arrested in near Dh900,000 phone credit swindle

Two men who worked at a mobile phone shop in Sharjah are arrested for stealing the amount from an investor.

Two men have been arrested by Sharjah Police for swindling an investor out of Dh886,000 he gave them for Etisalat and du recharge cards.

The mobile phone shop workers allegedly saw an opportunity when the investor contacted them looking for phone credit.

“Three men were working in a mobile shop and part of their job is to recharge phone credit for customers. They were contacted by an investor, who asked one of the men to provide phone credit worth Dh886,395 for du and Etisalat numbers,” Col Ibrahim Al Ajill, director of the CID department, said, adding that the three stole the money.

“The operation room received a complaint about three men who stole money from a customer requesting to recharge his phone credit. We immediately formed a team of investigators to retrieve the stolen amount of money,” Col Ajill said.

“We launched an operation called Al Raseed, meaning balance in English, and CID officers managed to trace the suspects.”

Two of the three were arrested but the third suspect managed to flee the country after sending his share of the money home.

Col Ajill urged the public to report crimes as quickly as possible so police can get a head start on investigations.

“Residents dealing with large amounts of money should contact police and authorities,” said the colonel.

Updated: July 11, 2017 07:23 PM