Fraudster falls
in police net

SHARJAH — The Sharjah Police have arrested an African man for cheating an Asian businessman of Dh60,000 after convincing him of the ability to multiply money.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Wed 22 Sep 2010, 11:49 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:43 PM

The Asian businessman recently lodged a complaint with the Sharjah Police that he received an e-mail seeking help from a 19-year-old African businessman who was looking for a job in the UAE. The Asian agreed to help the youngster and invited him and other two companions including the suspect to his home in Al Nasseriya area.

A few days later the suspect visited the Asian man again and brought with him a box containing packs of black paper. He then sprayed a red liquid on the paper which immediately turned to green and looked identical to a $100 note. The African asked the businessman to take the money to any exchange centre to verify that it was genuine currency. He claimed that he could convert the remaining packs of black paper into US dollars but he did not have enough money to buy the red liquid.

The Asian businessman who was eager to multiply his money handed over Dh60,000 to the suspect. The fraudster went away with the money and didn’t contact him again. The victim contacted the police and reported the case. The police official managed to identify the location of the suspect and arrested him .

During interrogation, the suspect admitted to the police that he came to the UAE three months back to work in a cargo company based in a neighbouring emirate but left the company to make quick money. According to the police, the suspect is in the wanted list for many other cases of fraud.

The Sharjah Police urged the public not to fall prey to the tricks of those who claim to have the ability to multiply money.

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