An Emirati woman trying to sell jewellery worth Dh70,000 online became victim of fraudsters who seized the jewellery and fled before being caught by police.
Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammad Bu Rasheed, director of criminal investigation, said the victim last month placed an advertisement on a web site, offering to sell a 38-carat piece of gold and diamond jewellery.
The 24-year-old advertiser received calls from people interested in buying the jewellery, including two Arab nationals. A place to meet and view the jewellery was decided on.
The advertiser went to meet the prospective buyers at a place in Abu Dhabi. She was accompanied by her 19-year-old brother and his friend.
The jewellery owner asked the prospective buyers to send her a text message mentioning their names and ID card numbers. They send fictitious data.
The buyers came to the agreed place in their cars and soon after arriving, the two buyers attacked the brother with an electric weapon, grabbed the bag of jewellery and fled.
After the brother's friend informed police of the robbery, police investigated and arrested the culprits in record time, besides recovering the jewellery.
Lieutenant Tahir Al Dhahri warned the public against unregulated online sale to avoid falling victim to professional fraudsters.
He urged the public not to meet strangers in places like car parking areas.
Al Dhahri said that while some e-shopping websites have been praised by users, some sites are fraudulent.
He urged members of the public to immediately inform if they are duped by these shopping web sites so that culprits can be arrested before they get away.