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Sim card swap in Dubai: 6 sentenced to jail over stolen Dh6.2 million


DUBAI – Six people were sentenced to five years in jail for involvement in a Sim card swap to siphon Dh6.2 million from a woman’s bank account.

The Dubai Court of First Instance found the gang guilty of fraud, forgery and embezzlement.

The court also sentenced the five Indians and one Bangladeshi to pay a fine of Dh150,000 each.

Three of the gang members were sentenced in absentia. The three others detained in Dubai will be deported after serving their prison term.

According to records, the gang had forged the woman’s signature to apply for a Sim card replacement, which they used to get an ATM card in her name.

They then withdrew money from her bank account while she was away on a trip outside the UAE in May last year.

“A female had impersonated our customer to obtain a Sim card on her number which is linked with bank services, after applying for a Sim replacement,” an Emirati bank official testified.

Investigation revealed the fraudsters stole Dh6.2 million from her bank account, which they transferred to other bank accounts. ICA/Expat Media

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