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Car sellers duped by 'phone-jacker'.


A PHONE-JACKER who allegedly targeted more than 20 victims through the pages of a magazine is now standing trial in the Lower Criminal Court.

The 26-year-old Bahraini has already been convicted on one count of theft and jailed for six months.

However, he is about to be prosecuted for 25 separate cases in which he stole mobile phones from his unsuspecting victims.

His victims were people who advertised their cars for sale in the pages of a magazine, a Public Prosecution spokesman said yesterday.

He would allegedly contact the seller, pose as a potential buyer and set up a meeting to view the vehicle.

However, when they met he would ask to borrow their mobile phone and before they knew what was happening he would flee on foot.

"He met people and pretend to be interested in buying their cars," said the spokesman.

"But he would later ask them if he could use their mobile phone to call a relative of his to help him with buying the car.

"After he took their phones he would then escape the scene with their phones."

However, his last victim was able to catch him and call the police and the defendant has reportedly confessed to 25 separate phone-jackings.

The spokesman said he confessed to conducting the scam on a daily basis.

He is now in prison awaiting his next court appearance.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Aug 13, 2008
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