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Fake job alert: UAE police warn jobseekers amid Covid-19

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 9, 2020 | Last updated on August 9, 2020 at 05.59 pm
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The UAE law punishes people convicted of online crimes with jail sentences of not less than a year and up to Dh1 million.

Fraudsters are looming jobseekers with fake employment offers online, authorities have warned.

The Abu Dhabi Police on Sunday said bogus recruitment agents are promising jobs at reputable companies to collect money and cheat those in desperate situations. "Fraudsters who advertise non-existent jobs on social media and fake websites are taking advantage of the current Covid-19 situation where many people have lost their jobs," said the police.

"The scammers, disguising themselves as recruitment agents, advertise jobs online claiming that they are recruiting for certain firms looking for workers," said officers.

"Jobseekers realise they were conned after not being able to secure jobs despite paying the agent's commission fees. 

Some scammers target jobseekers outside the country, added the police. "The public has to be cautious as professional fraudsters can operate in all forms to cheat people," police said in a statement.

People need to verify the sources of job advertisements online before making any payments to avoid being cheated, they added.

The UAE law punishes people convicted of online crimes with jail sentences of not less than a year and not exceeding three years and fines ranging from Dh250,000 to Dh1 million.

The police urged the public to report online fraudsters or anyone they suspect to be involved in cheating people so that legal action can be taken against them.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com

 

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.


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