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Posted by Harjeet September 16, 2010 05:20

Phone criminals in the Sharjah have been arrested after fooling a number of people into giving them money as part of a bigger competition prize.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) found the 10 culprits responsible for conning residents into parting with up to Dh10,000 (over £1,500) in return for a larger reward of Dh500,000 (almost £90,000).

The mobile phone cash scheme was foiled when victims lodged complaints saying they have received text messages notifying them that they had won a competition promising a jackpot cash prize. In order to claim their prize, text recipients were asked to transfer either Dh1000 or Dh10,000 through their banks or as mobile phone credits to the crooks.

When those who fell for the trick gave up their money and tried to call the number which the message had come from, the lines had been disconnected and no answer came. However, the CID found the criminals in an apartment building behind Etisalat’s Sharjah headquarters and seized a large number of mobile phones, SIM cards and a list of mobile numbers the gang called in the raid.

This is not the first time scams like this have been in existence. Just a few months ago, the Sharjah Ministry of Interior launched a campaign and sent over one million texts informing citizens that they may fall victim to such fraudsters. The used mobile phones will be used as evidence.

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