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Snooping credit card forgerers arrested in Dubai

May 14, 2014

The Dubai Police have busted a gang of thieves who ?allegedly stole money from ?bank customers using forged credit cards.

Three East Europeans were arrested red-handed and many forged credit cards were recovered from them, according to Major-General Khamis Matar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police.

Al Mazeina said the Dubai Police made the arrests even before a single case was reported against them. Some customers lodged complaints against the accused after their arrest.

Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigations, explained that the gang installed cameras in some ATM machines and copied the details of customers' credit cards.

They then allegedly called a gang member based in Europe to give him the details of the card so as to forge it.

The gang was very careful about not exceeding the limit of the credit cards and used them only once so as not to raise suspicion.

"Officers entrusted with investigating bank-related crimes patrolled the areas around ATMs suspected to be used by the gang. In coordination with some banks, these officers set up traps in various locations," Al Mazeina said.

The officers spotted one of the suspects near an ATM talking on the phone, while another was spotted monitoring the area.

The officers moved in and arrested the suspects and recovered forged credit cards from them.

Al Mansouri said further investigations in the case led to the arrest of the third suspect.

He urged bank customers to register their mobile phone numbers with their banks so that they receive SMS notifications about any activities on their credit or ATM cards.


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Source: Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)

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