Sim theft led to banks cam
Thief took account details from card
A thief managed to steal Dhs165,000 from a man’s bank account after getting access to data on his sim card, a court has heard.
The Bangladeshi victim, 37, lost his savings in two transactions - before he even realised the card had been taken from his mobile phone.
An Indian national, 32, is on trial at Dubai Court of First Instance accused of theft and embezzlement. He admitted the charges in court yesterday.
The victim did not know the defendant and was not aware of exactly when the sim card was stolen, though it was shortly before his bank account was raided on January 25.
The victim testified: “When I woke up at 10am on January 25, I found my phone wasn’t working. I asked one of my friends to call me but my number was switched off.
“I thought I had a problem with the sim card and went to the branch in the mall. When I switched on my phone, I received four emails notifying me about two money transactions worth Dhs165,000.”
The court was told that after stealing the sim card, the Indian defendant managed to gain access to it after visiting a phone store in Ibn Battuta Mall.
The suspect handed over what he claimed was a “power of attorney” document, in Arabic, and told the customer service worker that his friend was out of the country. He also said he had a copy of the man’s passport. The court heard evidence from the shop worker, who said his manager gave him permission to issue a copy of the sim card that the suspect would be able to access.
He testified: “One week later, the number’s owner came to the branch and spoke to my manger.
“He told my manager that he never requested a new sim card from this branch and that he doesn’t know the man who did.”
He contacted police and his bank, who traced the man who had withdrawn his money. The suspect will return to court next month.