Fraud, forgery top list of economic crimes

DUBAI — The Department of Anti-Economic Crimes, Dubai Police, registered 301 cases in 2006, of which fraud and forgery topped the list.


Amira Agarib

Published: Sat 12 May 2007, 8:50 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:22 AM

Major Abdul Rahman Saeed Abdulla, director of Anti-Economic Crimes Department, said economic crimes affect development as well as government's economic policies.

He said that the department has investigated various types of economic crimes and coordinated with various national associations to prevent manipulation, especially fraud and forgery.

The department has also investigated crimes against banks, financial institutions and exchange markets. "It curbs manipulation of trade marks, seizes fake and stolen credit and ATM cards and also investigates forging of national and foreign currency," he added.

He stated that during the last two years, gangs from African countries were involved in several cases of fraud and cheated a number people by convincing them that they could multiply money through witchcraft.

In 2006, 81 'money multiplying' cases were recorded as against 54 cases in 2005.

Number of credit card frauds also went up to 10 in 2006 from seven in the previous year.

Maj Rahman felt that these types of crime affect the economy of the country. "The department has exerted more effort to combat forgery cases and has recorded 20 forgery cases during 2006," he pointed out.

He said in order to curb economic crimes, the department is collaborating with the Economic Department, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Customs and Intellectual Property Department in Ministry of Economy.

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