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Six arrested in Dubai over $270m airline ticket fraud

More than 380 people worldwide have been arrested in connection with the fraud since 2014

Six arrested in Dubai over $270m airline ticket fraud
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Dubai Police has reportedly arrested six people in connection with a $270m (AED1 billion) global fraud involving the purchase of airline tickets using fake or stolen credit cards.

The suspects, of various nationalities, allegedly created bogus accounts on Twitter and Facebook to promote and sell discounted airline tickets they had bought earlier using stolen or fake credit cards.

Dubai Police worked in collaboration with law enforcement agencies from 50 countries around the world, backed by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, to catch the alleged criminals, according to a report in 7Days.

Airlines, including Emirates, as well as travel and payment card firms, such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express, also cooperated in police investigations.

The massive fraud involves a reported $270m and at least 381 people have been arrested across the world in connection with the crimes since 2014.

‏Saeed Al Hajri, director of the Cyber Crimes Department at Dubai Police, was quoted as saying: “We have one defendant who sold airline tickets worth AED1 million [$270,000] by opening a fake travel office and getting a gang outside the UAE to buy tickets using stolen or fake credit cards.”

He urged the public to buy tickets from reputable travel offices and companies.

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