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10 held for mobile phone credit fraud in Sharjah.

The suspects posed as representatives of a cellphone company and convinced their victims that they had been specially selected to win certain big prizes.

The Sharjah Police on Wednesday arrested 10 Pakistanis allegedly involved in mobile phone credit fraud.

The suspects posed as representatives of a cellphone company and convinced their victims that they had been specially selected to win certain big prizes that could be collected only if they transferred phone credit to specified mobile numbers. The victims said that when they try to call the suspects after transferring the credit, their mobile phones would be switched off.

The suspects ran the racket from an apartment in Ajman, a senior police official said. They allegedly sold the Raseed (prepaid phone balance) to people who cannot afford the minimum credit sold by cellphone service providers.

Sharjah Police in coordination with Ajman Police raided the apartment and confiscated all mobile phones and SIM cards to contact their victim.

The police said various SIM cards that had credit balance transferred by unsuspecting victims were recovered from the accused. During their interrogation, the suspects allegedly told the police that victims transferred anywhere between Dh500 to Dh5,000.

"Some of the gang members roamed on the streets offering mobile credit balance at cheap rates in both emirates.

The police have urged residents not to beware of such fraudsters and not to entertain calls asking them to transfer credit balance. Many such gangs have been busted in the last few years.

The Ministry of Interior also launched a media campaign where a million text messages were sent to mobile phone users warning them against falling prey to such fraudsters.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com

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Date:Oct 29, 2014
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