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15 April 2024

Visit visa scam costs expat Dh130,000

By Eman Al Baik

Two Pakistanis allegedly conned a compatriot of Dh130,000, after claiming ability to obtain visit visas for 25 people, the Dubai Criminal Court heard. 

In October 2014, while RZ, 59, Pakistani security officer, was in his country, some acquaintances expressed interest in visiting the UAE and asked him if he can arrange visit visas for them.

Two compatriots, who were his housemates, expressed readiness to get the visas issued as one of them claimed that he owned a company.

RZ agreed to pay the two men Dh130,000 as cost of visas. He would pay Dh45,000 as down payment, with the remaining Dh85,000 to be paid after issue of visas.

RZ made the down payment and on October 10, they presented to him documents presented to the Ministry of Labour for approval of visas on a security company’s sponsorship that one of the two claimed to own.

“The document, which was in English, stated approval of visas for a list of people I had named. I paid them the remaining Dh85,000 and they promised to obtain the visas in a couple of days,” said RZ

After that, the two disappeared and did not answer his calls.

The Ministry of Labour reported that the document was forged and the visa numbers mentioned in the forged letters were false.

Police arrested MI, 59, businessman, and SS, 23, sales executive.

The court will give its sentence on March 6.