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Dubai tailor poses as engineer to get credit card, withdraws Dh54,000

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on September 9, 2020
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He also forged a salary certificate showing his monthly pay as Dh17,425.

An expat allegedly fraudulently obtained Dh54,764 using a credit card, the Dubai Court of First Instance has heard.

Public prosecution records show the defendant, a 30-year-old Asian tailor, withdrew Dh19,964 and Dh34,800 using a credit card he obtained fraudulently from a bank.

He is believed to have forged a residence visa showing his occupation as an 'engineer' at a petroleum company. He also forged a salary certificate showing his monthly pay as Dh17,425.

The case dates back to November 2019. It was registered at Al Rashidiya police station.

The fraud was reported to the police by the bank's regional manager. "The defendant opened a bank account and filled a credit card request form online. He requested to be allowed open withdrawals of cash. With his application, he attached a salary certificate, his passport copy, a residence visa copy and other required documents."

To complete the formalities, an employee from the bank met the defendant and got his signature on two security cheques against the credit card and the open withdrawals. The accused was also asked for an identification check. Consequently, the tailor was able to get a bank account opened, a credit card and open cash withdrawals.

The manager told the investigator that the bank inquired from the petroleum company later about the defendant's salary certificate and learned that the accused did not work there.

A letter from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship showed that the residence visa copy used by the tailor was fake.

A ruling will be pronounced on September 22.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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