Crime and Courts

Two Dubai hackers defraud man of over Dh232,000

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on September 15, 2020
uae, dubai, crime, hack, forgery


The lawyer reported the suspects to the police and they were apprehended in a sting operation.

Two Dubai expats have each been sentenced to three years in jail by the Court of First Instance after they were found guilty of fraud and forgery charges. 

The court also ordered the deportation of the two Nigerian men, both aged 31, after completing their jail time and paying a Dh442,340 fine each. 

Earlier, it was heard in court how a Turkey-based man was defrauded of Dh232,340, through communications he thought to be having with his Dubai lawyer's office.

The court cleared a third defendant, a 20-year-old from Cameroon, of the same charges.

The client could have been conned of another amount of Dh60,000 after the three accused fraudsters talked to him on Skype and by e-mails.etters saying that his pending civil lawsuits were solved and the financial claims were deposited in his bank account.

When he came to Dubai in July 2019, he learned from the bank that those letters are forged and were not issued from their side. He then went to his lawyer's office and the whole fraud came to the fore.via Skype and demanded Dh60,000 from him, including Dh40,000 as attorney fees and Dh20,000 for translation charges," the lawyer told the public prosecution investigator.

The lawyer reported the suspects to the police and they were apprehended in a sting operation.

"The total amount siphoned off from my client is Dh232,340."

A complaint was lodged in October 2019 at Al Muraqqabat police station.the three defendants hacked into his business e-mail and stole the contact details of one of his clients.  
They then communicated with the client via Skype and by an e- mail similar to his own mail.

"In their correspondence with my client, they made him believe that they work for me and that the amounts they are charging him were for court fees, expertise and accountancy fees and our own costs," the lawyer said.

A police sergeant said that they arrested the accused near a shopping centre in Al Rigga, Al Muraqqabat around 4.15pm on October 17, last year.

In the prosecution charge sheet, the three men were accused of forging documents they attributed to Dubai Courts, documents and contracts they claimed to be from the lawyer's office, a letter they falsely claim was issued from a bank, using the forged copies, fraud and attempted fraud. 

The ruling may be appealed.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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