They tricked residents into sharing their bank details saying their accounts would be frozen if they didn’t respond
A gang of five men – who emptied residents’ savings accounts by posing as bank workers – have been arrested in Sharjah, police said on Thursday.
Col. Omar Ahmed Balzod, director of the Sharjah Police’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID), said these scammers would make random calls and tell their victims to update their bank details, adding that their accounts would be frozen if they did not respond.
Several reports of the fraud have reached the police, prompting authorities to open an investigation and track down the fraudulent callers.
In an impressive operation, the CID team managed to locate the apartment the gang used as their headquarters. They raided the apartment and seized cell phones, computers and SIM cards which were allegedly used in the fraud, Col Balzod said.
Legal action was taken against the suspects upon their arrest. The case was referred to the prosecution.
The CID director warned the public against such scams, stressing that such suspicious calls should never be entertained. Never share your bank details or personal data with anyone, especially online or over the phone.
Those wishing to update their bank account information should instead visit the nearest branch of the bank, the officer added.
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