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05 June 2023

Dh580,000 scam with stolen UAE ID

By Eman Al Baik

Dubai Criminal Court on Monday sentenced a jobless Nigerian for attempting to rip off Dh580,000 from a bank using another’s ID card.
NK, 26, will be deported after serving the sentence.
NK befriended a compatriot, D, in May last year. D sought NK’s help in impersonating a Kenyan, whose ID he said he had stolen and withdraw Dh580,000 from his account.
“He promised me a share of Dh50,000,” NK testified in court. “I accepted because I had some financial issues to settle,” he added.
NK identified himself with the stolen ID, forged a withdrawal slip, affixed his fingerprint, filled in personal details of the ID owner and also forged his signature.
However, when bank officials noted that the fingerprint was different from that of the ID owner, NK fled from the bank.
He was arrested a few days later and confessed to the swindling bid.
Investigations revealed that a Kenyan man had lost his wallet, comprising his ID, two months prior to this swindling attempt.