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Woman matchmaker accused of fraud.

Summary: A woman who posed as a matchmaker to swindle money out of women who were desperate to get married, has been referred by the Public Prosecution to the Court of Misdemeanors on a fraud charge on which she was found guilty.

A woman who posed as a matchmaker to swindle money out of women who were desperate to get married, has been referred by the Public Prosecution to the Court of Misdemeanors on a fraud charge on which she was found guilty.

The Deira Chief Prosecutor Youssef Foulaz said that the Emirati woman had advertised a bogus match making business through BlackBerry messenger targeting women who were looking out to get married.

"The investigation, which was carried out by senior prosecutor Mohammed Abdel Aziz Al Omar, showed that the defendant posed as a matchmaker and pretended that she was running a professional business to all those among her contacts who were looking to get married." She duped a compatriot woman, 37, after adding her on her BB contact list. She collected a sum of money from her after fooling her into believing that she had found her a suitable man who had the characteristics she was looking for.

The other woman realised she had fallen victim to the fraud only after wiring the money to the defendant. She immediately reported the incident to the police.

Foulaz pointed out that the Technical Office of the Dubai Attorney-General has been giving much attention to such cases that have recently increased due to social media. He said a firm stance was required to fight this kind of fraud.

The Chief Prosecutor advised the women, who are looking to get married, to be careful and not be lured by such fraudulent matchmakers. He warned that such fraudsters cash in on a persons marriage dreams, then trick them into paying money for their 'service'.

He stressed that the prosecution would always be watching out for any such fraudsters to bring them to justice.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:May 20, 2013
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