Women claim they were conned
A woman is accused of posing as a matchmaker to swindle money out of women hoping to find a husband.
Abu Dhabi Police issued a warning after arresting the woman, urging people not to use websites that claim to offer matchmaking services for men and women in return for high fees.
They said the woman ran a website and posed as a matchmaker to con money out of 15 women who were desperate to get married. She collected Dhs15,000 from each one.
The force said she fooled them into parting with their money by convincing the women she had found them suitable husbands.
However, one of her alleged victims went to the police and lodged a complaint against the suspect.
Police urged the public to report such cases and websites immediately and warned them not to deal with those who run them. By Nawal Al Ramahi
They said people need to be vigilant and not to be taken in by fake matchmakers.
The view was echoed by Dr Saif Rashid Al Jaberi, Professor of Islamic Culture and Community at the Canadian University in Dubai and lecturer at the Marriage Fund.
Al Jaberi said: “These crimes undermine society under the guise of religion.
“They are committed by those who take advantage of unmarried women’s desire to have suitable spouses and enjoy a stable family life.”
Al Jaberi called for the creation of official channels to help women who have passed the usual age for marrying to find suitable spouses.
“This is the only means to block the way for these fake matchmakers,” said Al Jaberi.