Umm Al Quwain CID arrest gang for e-mail fraud

The Criminal Investigation Department in Umm Al Quwain has arrested a gang specialising in fraud via e-mail by tricking victims with promises of receiving large sums of money.

Colonel Humaid Mattar Ajeel, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department in Umm Al Quwain, said that many people had fallen victims to fraud by e-mail. The e-mail received by the victims informs them that an individual has a huge amount of cash and that assistance is needed to get the money into the country. The e-mail also says that the individual will cover all expenses and that a percentage will be given to the victim inside the country.

Col Ajeel added that after the exchange of e-mails and reaching an agreement, the victim is informed that the individual with the cash is present at one of the UAE?s airports. The criminal then asks the victim to transfer a sum of money claiming that the airport authorities are asking for money to complete his entrance procedures. Once the victim completes the money transfer through one of the money transfer and exchange companies, the criminal vanishes and ceases to answer the victim?s messages.

The criminal investigation department has asked all community members not to fall into this trap.