Dubai jails Arab over Dh103,000 apartment rental scam

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A view of Business Bay in Dubai. EXPAT MEDIA

An Arab man has been jailed in Dubai for posing as a real estate agent and defrauding a European man of Dh103,000.

The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced the Arab to three months in jail and fined him Dh103,000.

The case dates back to March last year when the European man complained to police that he was duped by a fake real estate agent.

The victim said he was trying to rent an apartment in the Business Bay area, and came across and advertisement on a website. After inquiring, he met the Arab real estate broker who claimed that the apartment belonged to his brother.

The European man said that he and the Arab man arrived at the entrance of the building before he was taken to the apartment to view it. After agreeing on the rent, the victim made a Dh3,000 down payment to finalise the lease agreement.

After several days, the Arab man called him and said the lease contract was ready, so the European man paid Dh100,000 and received the apartment key and lease contract. When he visited the apartment the next day, the key couldn’t open the door, so he called the Arab, who promised to send a worker to fix it.

Following this, the victim could no longer contact the Arab whose mobile phone had been switched off. He then checked with the Land Department and found out that the lease contract given to him was fake. He also found out that the name and signature of the alleged apartment owner was different from those of the real owner.

The Arab man was tracked down and arrested following a police investigation into the case. Police also found out that he had a criminal record. ICA/Expat Media

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