Dubai Police issues warning on begging frauds

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Dubai Police issues warning on begging frauds

During the holy month of Ramadan, the Dubai Police Department has issued a warning to the public about beggars who take advantage of their sympathy and charity.

According to Mr Butti Ahmad Bin Darwish Al Falasi, Director of Security Awareness at Dubai Police, the number of beggars in the Emirate normally increases during Ramadan in order to take advantage of people’s kindness.

Al Falasi said their “Begging is a Wrong Concept of Compassion” awareness campaign, which they launched in collaboration with the Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department (IACAD), has reached 76,060 external and internal customers, with the goal of raising awareness about a societal scourge that tarnishes any society’s civilized image.

Al Falasi also stated that the campaign’s social media awareness materials received 453,038 views, with 181,000 views on Twitter, 137,408 views on Facebook, and 1341,621 views on Instagram.

Al Falasi also cautioned locals about internet beggars who want assistance via emails, WhatsApp, or other social media platforms. He explained that beggars submit photographs of individuals in poor conditions along with faked appealing words requesting assistance to support orphans, treat sick people, or build mosques and schools in impoverished nations.

Begging is an uncivilized behaviour in society, according to Al Falasi, and it is a felony in the UAE.

“Those operating professional gangs of beggars or recruiting people from outside the country to work as beggars face a jail term of not less than six months and a minimum fine of Dhs100,000,” he continued, citing Federal Law No. 9 of 2018 on Anti-begging, which states that anyone caught begging in the UAE will be fined Dhs5,000 and imprisoned for up to three months.

He went on to say that under Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 on Cybercrime, no one can create or maintain an electronic site to gather funds without first receiving a license from the appropriate government.

The director of Dubai Police security awareness advised the public to report beggars to the toll-free number 901 or the Police Eye service via the Dubai Police App, as well as to report online beggars and suspicious cyber activities to www.ecrime.ae. KMB/Expat Media


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