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Dubai Police arrest 20 big boys for social media scam

Gangs operating blackmailing Andrew cyber extortion criminal operations from the emirate, as well as fraudulent activities against social media users.

Dubai Police officials have arrested some 20 Africans gang for social media related scams.

General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs at Dubai Police, explained that they also arrested a married couple who deceived social media users by posing as a recruitment agency for domestic helpers.

Brigadier Jamal Al Jallaf, director of CID at Dubai Police, said they received a reliable tip-off about some African gangs who lured men by posting and sharing photos of girls on social media platforms and via e-mails.

When the victim arrives at the specified address, he would find a different girl than the one he had chatted with online,” Al Jallaf said.

The victims would end up sharing their mobile phone passcodes and credit card security pins, and paying huge amounts to avoid being defamed online and among their family members,” he added.

The gang would threaten victims and take their belongings including mobile phones and credit cards after they take pictures of the men in indecent positions and threaten to post their videos online and share it with the victims’ contacts if they report the matter to the authorities.

Lt. Col. Abdullah Mohammed, head of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police, said a team was formed immediately and a thorough plan was set up to apprehend the 47 African suspects – ten women and 37 men. He confirmed that comprehensive investigations led to the arrest of suspects in Dubai and in a nearby emirate, who had been renting flats under fake IDs in an attempt to evade capture. Dubai police were recently praised for their role in helping arrest and extradite Hushpuppi to America.


Source:  Arabian Business

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