Dubai: Phone scammers secure Dh160,000 bank loan after tricking woman

Dubai - Two men will now stand trial for impersonating bank employees.

By Staff Report

Published: Mon 12 Jul 2021, 2:16 PM

Two men pretended to be bank employees and defrauded a woman, following which they managed to get a loan of Dh160,000 in her name.

The Dubai Public Prosecution said on Monday that the two men have been referred to the Misdemeanour court to stand trial.

The defendants had called the complainant, claiming to be bank representatives. They asked her to update her personal details so that her ‘banking services’ are not affected.

Falling for their scam, the woman divulged her banking details, including a one-time password.

The defendants then secured a loan of Dh160,000 in her name and transferred the amount to two bank accounts.

The police often issue advisories to residents to be vigilant and avoid sharing bank account details.

Residents have, in the past, been advised to not share confidential bank information, including bank account or credit card details, passwords for online banking, personal identification numbers for ATMs, and security number (CCV).

In May this year, a young Emirati had lost all his life savings after a seven-minute phone call with a scammer.

The victim had disclosed his banking details after getting a call from a person, who claimed to be from his bank. The suspect had asked for the details, claiming that he wanted to update ‘customer data’.

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