A Bangladeshi man has been arrested by Sharjah Police for possessing forged SIM cards and swindling people by convincing them they have hit the jackpot.
A total of 468 SIM cards from both du and etisalat as well as Dh13,900 were confiscated from his residence.
The 28-year-old suspect confessed to police and detailed on how he duped victims.
He would ring up unsuspecting people and inform them that they had won huge amounts of prize money from a telecoms company.
In order for them to avail of the money, he would persuade them to transfer phone credit to any of the numbers he had or alternatively send him cash as service charges for receiving the prize.
Colonel Jihad Sahoo, Director, Criminal Investigation Department, Sharjah Police, urged public to be wary of such calls.
He has been referred to Public Prosecution.
Asian mobile phone thieves jailed, to be deported
A Fujairah court sentenced three Asian men to one year in prison and ordered their deportation from the UAE after they were convicted of robbing mobile phone shops in the emirate and other parts of the country.
A fourth Asian found not guilty would be deported for violating immigration laws.
The three had confessed to stealing nearly 300 mobile phones and other items from a local shop worth around Dh200,000 and smuggling them out of the UAE. They had also confessed to carrying out burglaries in other emirates.