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UAE: Man tricked into buying watch worth Dh80,000 on Snapchat

The Abu Dhabi Court for Family and Civil and Administrative Cases ordered a man to pay Dh80,000 and Dh5,000 after defrauding another man.

A man contacted another via “Snapchat” to buy a costly watch from him, and after agreeing on a price, the man sent Dh80,000 to the watch owner, who did not deliver the watch.

The man sued the watch owner for Dh80,000 with 9 percent legal interest from filing the action until final payment, Dh20,000 for material and moral damages, and lawyer’s fees.

The appellant stated that he contacted the appellee via the Snapchat app to buy a valuable watch for Dh80,000 in July 2022 and transferred the amount to the appellee’s bank account, expecting to receive the watch in mid-August. The appellee did not deliver the watch and stalled when he demanded a refund.

The court noted that the appellee confessed to the Reconciliation Centre that he had received Dh80,000 for the watch and accessories and was ready to repay the total amount within ten days.

The court awarded the appellant Dh5,000 for all damages caused by the appellee seizing and delaying payment.

The court annulled the verbal sales contract between the parties and ordered the appellee to restore Dh80,000 to the plaintiff and pay him Dh5,000 for material and moral damages and case and lawyer fees. BKM/ Expat Media

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