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04 December 2023

3 'money doubling' scammers on trial

By Eman Al Baik

A Cameroon national allegedly claimed ability to double money and looked for someone to swindle, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.
DY, 42, tried to cheat a businessman but fell into the hands of an informer who reported the matter to police.
After checking authenticity of the information, police assigned a staffer to pretend to be a businessman.
The detective, accompanied the informer, met DY in a coffee shop in a shopping mall. DY was accompanied by a compatriot.
DY and his companion claimed ability to double money and showed him pictures of dollar notes on his mobile phone, saying he had the money abroad.
The ‘businessman’ asked the Cameroon national to demonstrate his ability before him.
 When the four met in a hotel room, DY and his companion brought a black bag that contained different chemicals and powders besides some currency notes.
DY took $100 and Dh1,000 notes from the ‘businessman’ and stuck them to some of his money, poured a black liquid on them and put them in an envelope which contained a white substance. He then put the envelope under his foot and pressed on it.
When DY went to the kitchen, the policeman gave the signal to the squad to raid the room.
In addition to currency notes and a tool bag, police confiscated a French passport, which proved to be forged.
The passport also carried a forged entry stamp of Dubai International Airport.
In another similar case, two Cameroon visitors are accused of possessing forged $100 currency notes totalling $3,400.
SN, 40, and FB, 39 are also being prosecuted for attempting to con a ‘Emirati trader’ by claiming ability to double money.
The two were arrested in a hotel room while they were demonstrating before the ‘trader’, a policeman, how they can double money.
Police confiscated from the accused the tools used and forged dollar notes.
The court will reconvene on January 21 for both cases.