More than 500 economic crimes foiled by Dubai Police in 2021

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“The force is always looking for newer ways to fight white-collar crime, but people should also have a responsibility to report any suspicious behavior related to white-collar crime,” he said.

Dubai Police launched several campaigns to raise awareness among society and police officers to identify counterfeit goods and scammers. According to official records, the department recorded 238 cases of counterfeiting, 267 cases of fraud, and 40 cases of counterfeiting.

“Cooperation between government agencies to tackle economic crimes and impose harsh penalties will encourage investors and business people.”

Meanwhile, Colonel Salah Bu Osaiba, director of the Economic Crimes Department, said the cases involved commercial fraud, counterfeiting, fraudulent money-making schemes, magic and counterfeiting.

He said the department works 24/7 to fight white-collar crime and has a presence through various traditional and smart channels. Through its three departments – the Counterfeiting Department, the Fraud Prevention Department and the Commercial Fraud and Piracy Department – the department recorded 545 cases last year with registered seizures worth more than Dh2.2 billion.

Colonel Bu Osaiba said the department is working closely with its partners from the Ministry of Economic Development, Dubai Customs, Dubai Land Ministry, UAE Central Bank, Telecoms Regulatory Authority and Dubai Health Authority to ensure the safety of the markets of Dubai to ensure the emirate. “The General Criminal Investigation Department strives to organize training workshops in coordination with partners and brand owners to develop the skills of personnel working in the fight against white-collar crime,” he added.

Dubai Police have urged all community members to report any incident of economic crime to the dedicated 901 phone number or through the Dubai Police smart app.

Recently, the department confiscated around 700,000 old cell phones and phone parts, which the suspects intended to reassemble and sell as “new” phones by putting them in new packaging. Officials in cooperation with Dubai Economy raided a mansion used as a makeshift warehouse to store these cellphones in the Deira district of Dubai. Police said the mansion also served as a factory to refurbish old cellphones so they could be sold on the market at cheaper prices after they were packaged with a special machine and then made as new.

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