A GCC national, accused of fraud and embezzling an estimated Dh2 million from people, has been arrested.
According to a top police official, the man used websites to target people who wanted to sell their cars, to commit the crime.
Brigadier Abdul Rahim bin Shafi’a, director of Al Barsha Police Station, said the man – a Dubai resident – was exposed by one of his clients, who sold his car to the accused after seeing an ad on the site. The accused met him and they agreed on a sale amount. The accused then gave the client a cheque, which the latter found was a dud when he tried to encash it. But the fraudster had already transferred the car registration and ownership to his name.
Brig Bin Shafi’a said that such crimes usually occur before the weekends, so that the offender has enough time to carry out the crime before the victim goes to the bank to encash cheques.
Later, the police received other complaints about the same suspect. One of the reports said the accused rented a luxury car and a chauffeur, so that the victim would assume that he is rich and trust him with the sale.
Al Barsha Police Station, in coordination with the General Department of Criminal Investigation, apprehended the criminal. One of the policemen posed as a prospective client and contacted the man, agreeing to meet him at a vehicle registration centre to make the sale and transfer of the car. The culprit was then arrested and transferred to the competent authorities for legal action.