An Asian gang has been arrested by Dubai Police after preying upon 150 job seekers offering them opportunities in the country that were too good to be true, in addition to charging them a fee and collecting their personal information.
Job scam in Dubai
A crew of scamsters in Dubai created a fake recruitment agency using the ongoing Coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to offer innocent job-seekers with work that boasted of attractive salaries and benefits. Victims were duped with having to pay recruitment fees, taxes and to book an appointment. The General Department of Criminal Investigations in Dubai Police say the scheme attracted 150 applicants.
Victims paid between Dhs 1,000-3,000
Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jalaf, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation (CID) at Dubai Police says the Economic Crimes Control Department regularly monitors job vacancy postings and advertisements online, and when someone tipped them about the recruitment fraud, it turned out they charged between AED 1,000-3,000 for the entire process, including getting the work visa and change of status.
With 150 victims of the fraud, we estimate the fake agency earned between AED 150,000 to a whopping AED 450,000.
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Dubai Police catch fraudsters behind job scheme
Thanks to the CID, the people involved behind the scam confessed their wrongdoings, had their payments seized and have been sentenced to imprisonment. They also advise job-seekers to be careful as recruitment agencies in the UAE don’t ask for payments or personal information.
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