crime

Two arrested in prepaid card fraud

Police arrest two suspects while an arrest warrant has been issued for the third suspect who fled country

20:27 July 11, 2017

Sharjah: Two Asian men have been arrested by Sharjah Police Criminal and Investigation Department for tampering with prepaid cards of du and etisalat, worth Dh886,395, in order to cheat an investor.

Colonel Ibrahim Al Ajel, Director of Criminal and Investigation Department at Sharjah Police, said that the suspects stole Dh886,395 from an investor and ran away with the money. Two of them have been arrested while the third has left the country with a part of the money.

The incident came to light when police received a complaint from the investor saying that he had contacted one of the suspects — who works as a service marketer in a shop selling mobile phones and asked him to provide him prepaid phone cards [recharge cards] worth Dh886,395 for etisalat and du.

In an operation called Al Raseed (which means recharging card), Sharjah Police tracked down the suspect.

When police raided the suspect’s place, they found Dh650,000 in the house; the rest of the money was taken by the suspect who fled the country.

An arrest warrant has been issued to bring the suspect back to the country.

Col Al Ajel urged people to report any crime immediately to police.

He urged the public and investors to approach official channels to avail of service, especially when it comes to dealing with large amounts of money.