Rolla Street in Sharjah, UAE.


Sharjah cracks down on prepaid credit peddlers


DUBAI – A total of 37 people have been arrested for illegally selling mobile prepaid credits on Sharjah’s streets, according to the Sharjah Police.

The suspects are believed to be part of gangs operating the prepaid load racket in the emirate in the last three months, said Col. Ibrahim Al Ajill, director of the criminal investigation department of the Sharjah Police.

“Most of the peddlers who were arrested were Asian workers and illegal residents. Some were flown into the country specifically for the scheme,” police said.

Police said the men targeted workers and teenagers and offered them cheap prepaid credit for as low as Dh2. The credit would be transferred to the buyer from the peddler’s phone. These peddlers have been spotted in Rolla, Maysalon, Guwair and Musala.

Authorities said that the peddlers are not licensed to sell mobile prepaid credits, and that they have become a security threat by using prepaid credits siphoned off the accounts of phone scam victims.

Scammers often target victims by calling them about a fake cash prize and duping them into transferring phone credits to claim their prize.

Police said that gangs arrested last year were found to have collected Dh300,000 in two months from random victims. ICA/Expat Media


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