Six men arrested in phone scam in Sharjah

Some of the victims lodged complains at the police stations that they had paid too much money by sending credits to the callers.



by

Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Fri 14 Mar 2014, 11:46 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:18 PM

The Sharjah Police have arrested six men for their alleged involvement in a number of phone scams.

A top police official said the Asian suspects who were staying in the country illegally, would contact mobile numbers selected at random and convince the phone user that he/she had won a grand prize from a well-known company in the UAE.

The suspects would then ask the victim to transfer phone credit to their number in order to claim the prize. Some of the victims lodged complains at the police stations that they had paid too much money by sending credits to the callers.

A CID team was formed and it started putting a number of suspects under surveillance. The team also arrested several prepaid credit sellers who notified the police about the organised gang. The six suspects were thus caught and a number of mobile phones used in the scam were confiscated.

During police interrogation they confessed that they were engaged in the illegal activity in order to obtain profit. The suspects have been referred to the Sharjah Public Prosecution. Colonel Jihad Sahooh, director of search and investigation department urged residents not to respond to such messages or phone calls.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com


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