Women claim they were conned

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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.

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