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UAE expat jailed over prize scam

Ahmed Shaaban /Umm Al Quwain
Filed on February 3, 2020
uae prize scam, uae online scam, uae expat jailed

(Reuters file)

The court ordered that he be deported after serving his jail term.

An expat in Umm Al Quwain has been sentenced to six months in jail for scamming an Asian woman, making her believe that she had won a raffle prize.

His accomplice, who remained at large, was given a four-month imprisonment sentence, the emirate's misdemeanour court ruled.

In the woman's complaint, she said the first defendant gave her a call saying she had won Dh5,000 in a raffle draw conducted by one of the country's airports.

"He asked me to provide my credit card number and the security code so they could transfer the prize," she told the police.

"Later, I discovered that he, along with the second defendant, managed to transfer all the money from my account to the account of the first defendant."

The UAQ police launched investigations and managed to arrest the first defendant.
He denied the charges, claiming that the company owner deposited the money in his account, which was refuted by the woman.

He later claimed that his sponsor asked him to go to the bank; collect a credit card and some documents; and hand them over to another person.

The man was referred to the UAQ Misdemeanour Court, which found him guilty based on the bank report, police investigations, and his contradictory statements.

The court ordered that he be deported after serving his jail term.


Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I am a sound professional with a 23-year diverse experience as a researcher, lecturer, instructor, reporter, journalist, copy writer, translator, interpreter, proofreader, correspondent, and voice-over specialist with so many public and private entities in USA, UAE and Egypt. I have full command of all English and Arabic languages skills. I have a “Doctorate of Business Administration” degree, Swiss Business School. I have two Master’s degrees; one in Media Sciences, Mass Communication College, Cairo University, 2014, and one in Applied Business Research, Swiss Business School, 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, Al-Alsun College for Languages & Translation, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1996. I have three post graduate diplomas in Education, Curricula and Instruction, and Islamic Studies. I enjoy reading, writing and adventuring.

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