Dubai. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Dubai. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A court in Dubai has sentenced two Pakistani men who conned a Filipino man and got 33,000 dirhams (US$8,986) from his account to one year in jail.

The incident happened on January 14. The Filipino man received a call from a man who claimed he did phone service work and was told he had won a prize of 500,000 dirhams (US$136,147). The man was asked to give his personal information, including his bank card details, the Khaleej Times reported.

The Filipino later discovered 33,000 dirhams was taken from his account and realized he had been scammed. Two Pakistani men, aged 32 and 35, were arrested after he reported the matter to the Bur Dubai police.

The two men admitted to defrauding other people and using the money they took to shop online and to resell the products they bought.

Last Friday, the Court of First Instance heard that the two men used an Emirates ID card that belonged to a compatriot to deliver the products they bought through a courier. They forged the signature of the original ID cardholder on receipt forms for the courier.

The two men were sentenced to a year in jail on charges of using another person’s authentic identification document, impersonating a public employee, forgery, use of forged document and fraud.

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