The Sharjah Police have busted a major telephone scam involving a huge 17-member gang.
The gang operated a scam where they got people to transfer money to their phones in the hope of winning major prizes.
Once they received the phone credit, they would re-sell it at a cheaper rate.
All those arrested are from Pakistan.
The Criminal Investigation Department at Sharjah Police formed a team after receiving a tip-off about the scam and many complaints of people who had lost money.
The police tracked a member of the gang to the residence where they operated from and raided the apartment in Sharjah buildings.
All the gang members were arrested and have since confessed to their crime.
A huge stash of mobile phones and SIM cards used in the scam were found in the apartment as well.