The arrest of a person of Arab nationality who used social networking sites to blackmail

Umm Al Quwain Police succeeded in arresting a person of Arab nationality who used social networking sites and a chatting application to blackmail and threaten people, trying to hide his truth by using accounts and phone numbers from outside the country.

In detail, Lt. Col. Marwan Rashid Mohammed, head of the Organized Crime Department at the Umm Al Quwain Police General Command, explained that a person of Arab nationality in his twenties was threatened with death and extortion by an unidentified person, as the perpetrator tried to hide his identity by using fake accounts on the network. The internet and phone numbers belonging to companies providing them from outside the country in order to carry out his despicable intentions to blackmail others.

Colonel Marwan added, as a result of this information, a team of electronic investigations was formed, which was able to quickly determine the identity of the person and his place of residence, and after taking all legal measures, the accused was arrested at his residence and the devices used to carry out his criminal attempts and blackmail of others were seized. Accordingly, he was referred to the Department of Criminal Investigations and Investigations of Umm Al Quwain Police, and the investigations and legal procedures were completed and transferred to the Public Prosecution.

The head of the Organized Crime Section at Umm Al Quwain Police stressed the importance of caution and not to obey such messages or suspicious communications and not to fear these criminals or implement what they ask because this calls them to persist and harm other victims, calling on everyone to immediately report such communications and messages and not to succumb to the threats of blackmailers.

He stressed the keenness of the police authorities to enhance the security and safety of society and the ability of the police elements to stand firmly in the face of crimes and their perpetrators, and that the police authorities are conducting security awareness campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the danger of cybercrime in general, especially extortion, in the context of achieving the Ministry of Interior’s strategy aimed at enhancing security and safety. for community members.
It is noteworthy that the Anti-IT Crimes Law No. (5) of 2012 states in its ninth article that “Whoever uses the Internet or an information technology means to threaten or blackmail another person to force him to do or refrain from doing an act, shall be punished by imprisonment for a period not exceeding Two years and a fine of no more than 50 thousand dirhams or one of these two penalties. If the threat was to commit a felony or to attributing matters dishonorable or dishonorable, the penalty was imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years.

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