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Emirati woman jailed, fined over luxury car rent scam


DUBAI – An Emirati woman has been sentenced to one year in jail and fined Dh30,00 for using another woman’s Emirates ID to rent a luxury car for Dh75,000.

The Emirati, 33, had rented a Mercedes GTS using a copy of the Emirates ID and driving license of a 46-year-old Emirati woman who she tricked into sharing the documents on WhatsApp.

The Dubai Court of First Instance heard that the 33-yer-old Emirati woman then used the documents to rent the luxury car at a car rental company.

The car was delivered to her house in Al Qouz where an employee of the car rental company handed it over to a niqab-wearing woman who paid him Dh1,200 to rent the car for one day.

The employee told the court that the woman called the next day to extend the car rental deal to a month, racking up a bill of Dh75,000.

“She paid Dh45,000 and promised to pay the rest later,” the employee testified.

The woman was not able to pay the remaining amount, forcing the car rental company to confiscate the vehicle at her house and lodge a police complaint against her.
The owner of the Emirates ID used in the rental transaction was shocked when police summoned her to the station over the complaint against her.

“I told them that I didn’t rent a car, but they showed me copies of my documents. I told them the documents were mine, but the signature was different,” the 46-year-old Emirati victim said.

She noticed, however, that the contact number used in the car rental contract was from an Emirati woman who she said tried to scam her into selling her car.

“I remembered that I had sent her my documents via WhatsApp when she wanted to buy my car. I felt she was scamming me, so I had backed off from the deal,” she added.

Police were able to track and arrest the 33-year-old Emirati scammer, and charged her with fraud and forgery. ICA/Expat Media

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