Passport forgery on the rise in Dubai

Expert says gangs who specialise in passport forgery target poor families by exploiting their circumstances.



By Amira Agarib/principal Correspondent

Published: Wed 18 Feb 2015, 11:57 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:45 PM

Dubai - Passport forgeries topped the list of forgery cases recorded in Dubai in 2014, a senior police official has revealed. Last year, 305 forged passports were seized by the police, with 50 being seized in just one case.

Forensic expert Aqeel Ahmed Al Najjar, Head of Documents Checking Section at the General Department of Criminal Evidence and Criminology at the Dubai Police, said gangs who specialise in passport forgery target poor families by exploiting their circumstances.

He pointed out a recent example of an Afghan family, who were in Dubai on transit on their way to Britain. In this case, the passports of the man, his wife and children were forged.   He said the Dubai Police recorded 1,493 cases of forgery last year. Al Najjar said forged documents included cheques, national identity documents, commercial contracts, health cards, visas, stamps, birth and death certificates, university degrees, marriage and divorce certificates, driving licences and even parking cards. He revealed that contracts are forged so as to tamper with the terms and conditions mentioned in the contract, especially those related to financial dealings.

 This type of fraud, he said, is difficult to detect as it requires an IT expert to prove forgery.

AL Najjar warned people to be careful while signing declarations, contracts and agreements to repay debt. — amira@khaleejtimes.com


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