Dubai: Before renting or shopping for belongings in Dubai, first make certain that it is true to keep away from scammers, said officials on Sunday.
Authorities in Dubai warned citizens over fake advertisements on social media systems like Facebook that claim to provide funding or renting opportunities inside the UAE.
Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, informed Gulf News that various human beings were defrauded with the aid of scammers posing as property sellers or agents dealing in residential gadgets.
“People have to be cautious, and double take a look at the online commercials about properties earlier than renting or buying it. There are reliable channels to test about the property to keep away from scammers. People need to document any information they’ll have approximately such scammers,” stated Major General Al Mansouri at some stage in a Dubai Police discussion board on Sunday about online houses security.
Caught in the act
Meanwhile, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of the Dubai Police Criminal Investigation Department, said they recorded 104 fraud instances and arrested 136 suspects.
“We have e-patrols all of the time to song scammers and a kind of line cases. Last year we had 12,630 e-patrols which include 1, a hundred and fifty-five patrols to test the fraud accounts,” said Brigadier Al Jallaf.
Al Jallaf added that digital fraud and credit score card forgery instances improved closing 12 months because extra humans use smartphones and generation in Dubai. “We recorded 649 fraud cases final year and arrested 90 suspects inside the UAE. There became 170 cases of forging credit cards where 28 suspects arrested,” stated Al Jallaf.
Al Mansouri mentioned that such classified ads are run with scammers who use faux websites and faux social media money owed to con citizens. The discussion board, attended using Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-In-Chief of Dubai Police, and Sultan Bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department, was additionally attended via buyers who mentioned problems in the assets zone, in conjunction with economic crimes and public recognition.
Using faux IDs, tenancy contracts, and fake names to trick their victims, the fraudsters showed homes and flats to numerous potential tenants without understanding the owners of the assets, obtaining hire and fee expenses earlier than vanishing.
The police arrested several scammers after being stuck posting advertisements presenting residences for reasonably-priced rents.
499 instances ultimate year amounting to over Dh1 billion
Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of the Criminal Investigation Department of Dubai Police, said that the Anti-Economic Crime Department in Dubai Police recorded 499 cases ultimate yr which amounted to over Dh1 billion.
“Dubai is a magnet for traders and businessmen due to the safe environment and opportunities,” stated Al Jallaf. “Many famous manufacturers advanced in Dubai due to the fact they recognize their trademark is included. We arrested 471 suspects specialized in forgery and seized faux items really worth Dh1 billion,” he delivered.
In cooperation with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Dubai Police launched three campaigns closing year to avoid e-fraud and inspire people to file incidents to police.
How to keep away from falling for condominium scams:
Avoid coping with unlicensed brokers or someone who claims to be a proprietor or real estate enterprise consultant.
Avoid handling unlicensed brokers or a person who claims to represent the proprietor or actual estate corporation.
Do not make an enhanced charge to book the assets.
Go to the website of the Department of Land and Property in Dubai (www.Dubailand.Gov.Ae) to confirm the name of the developer or agency and its related tasks.
Confirm the actual estate’s change license.
Landlords and actual property organizations have to empty residences at ease and lock them.
Avoid handling unlicensed brokers or a person who claims to represent the owner or real estate organization.
Do now not make an improve charge to ebook the assets
Go to the internet site of the Department of Land and Property in Dubai (www.Dubailand.Gov.Ae) to confirm the name of the developer or business enterprise and its associated tasks
Confirm the actual property’s trade license
Landlords and actual property corporations ought to comfortable empty apartments and lock them.