Dubai Police arrest 86 people for phishing in 2020

Dubai - Over 800 phone numbers blocked as 400 complaints filed against phishing



By Hesham Saleh

Published: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 5:04 PM

Last updated: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 5:05 PM

The Dubai Police has announced that 86 people were arrested this year on charges of phishing, Emarat Al Youm, an Arabic daily, reported on Thursday.

The police received 400 complaints against phishing this year and over 800 phone numbers were blocked.

Colonel Saeed M Al Hajri, the Director of Cybercrime Department, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Dubai Police, said the force was pulling out all stops to combat e-crimes.

He said the Dubai Police would launch a campaign in collaboration with the UAE’s Central Bank and the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) to combat e-crimes and create public awareness about them.

Colonel Omar Mohammad bin Hammad, the deputy director of the anti-economic crime department, said that around 95% of accused in e-crimes belonged to Asian countries.

He added that creating public awareness and protecting personal information would help combat e-crimes.

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