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Africans top list of Dubai credit card fraudsters

Senior police officer says in some cases the amount stolen can total AED200,000

Africans top list of Dubai credit card fraudsters
More than 100 credit card fraud cases have been filed in the first three months of the year compared to 88 cases in the whole of 2009. (ITP Images)

A senior Dubai police chief has said the majority of suspects in credit card fraud cases are Africans, local media reports on Sunday.

In some cases, the amount involved can go up to AED200,000, Major Khalid Arif Al Shaikh, Head of Forgery Section at the Anti-Economic Crime Department at Dubai Police, told Emirates Business 24/7.

“Africans top the list of suspects in credit cards cases, followed by Far Eastern suspects. Arabs are minority in such crimes,” he told the paper.

Major Khalid said the number of credit card fraud cases reported to police has increased this year. More than 100 cases have been filed in the first three months of the year compared to 88 cases in the whole of 2009, the paper reports.

He said in the majority of cases hackers clone a bank customer’s credit card making an identical copy which they use, or they sell the details on to other fraudsters.

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