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Dubai Police official warns against fake maid recruiters


DUBAI – A Dubai Police official has warned against fake recruiters offering housemaids for a fee to UAE residents, saying that fraudsters are taking advantage of the pandemic.

Brigadier Saeed Hamad bin Sulaiman Al Malik, director of Al Rashidiya Police Station, said 14 cases have been reported to police and arrests have been made.

Al Malik said the fake recruiters charge their victims up to Dh13,000 and promise to deliver housemaids despite travel restrictions.

“These fraudsters fleeced Dh87,520 from the victims from the beginning of the pandemic until February 2021. They promised many people to bring housemaids to the UAE even when airports were shut down in different parts of the world,” Al Malik said.

In January, the UAE’s Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced that all private housemaid recruitment agencies will be shut down by March.

Nasser Al Hamli said that all housemaid recruitment must be done legally through Tadbeer offices.

Since 2017, the UAE has not renewed the licences of private housemaid hiring agencies. Some 99 agencies have been fined after continuing to operate despite a suspended license. ICA/Expat Media

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