Greater than 25,000 cybercrimes reported final yr, say Dubai Police

Dubai Police acquired 1000’s of complaints final yr from victims of cybercriminals.

Figures launched on Wednesday confirmed that 25,841 folks used the pressure’s e-crime platform on its web site in 2021 to report cybercrimes.

Brig Jamal Al Jallaf, director of the Prison Investigation Division at Dubai Police, mentioned one report final yr led to the arrest of three males who cheated a Dubai resident and his daughter out of Dh47,000.

“The arrests have been made in an operation dubbed ‘faux inheritance’,” mentioned Brig Al Jallaf.

“The sufferer lived and labored in Dubai earlier than he returned to his house nation, the place the criminals contacted him and satisfied him that cash underneath his identify was in a Dubai belief fund.”

The criminals satisfied the person {that a} Dh7,000 charge was required to free the cash within the belief fund. The person ended up transferring the cash however later died.

The fraudsters rang the deceased man’s cellphone and ended up chatting with his daughter. They approached her with the identical rip-off, convincing her that she and her siblings may inherit the cash within the fund.

She was proven earlier messages that they had despatched to her father, after which she transferred Dh40,000.

Once they requested her to switch Dh100,000 extra, she determined to seek the advice of her uncle, who contacted Dubai Police.

“The uncle flew to Dubai after which a sting operation resulted within the arrest of three criminals — an African and two Arabs,” Brig Al Jallaf mentioned.

In a separate case, a pair have been arrested over a web-based fraud involving faux jobs.

“They scammed greater than 20 folks after promising them home labour jobs within the nation,” mentioned Brig Al Jallaf.

He urged folks to make use of the e-crime platform to report on-line fraud, whether or not or not the criminals had been profitable.

“The e-crime platform has considerably helped curb cybercrime and detect new strategies of scamming folks,” he mentioned.

“Cybercrime is continually evolving, particularly in gentle of the quickly advancing expertise, overuse of social media and the elevated quantity of people that have turn out to be extra inclined to on-line purchasing.”

Analysis by UK expertise web site Comparitech discovered that UAE residents lose $746million a yr to cyber crime.

In February, Abu Dhabi Police mentioned about Dh18 million had been returned to victims of cellphone scams and different cybercrimes.

The cash was retrieved by the contact centre on the Prison Safety Sector, a unit given the duty of with coping with complaints about monetary fraud.

Up to date: August 24, 2022, 3:23 PM

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