Sim theft led to banks cam

Thief took ac­count de­tails from card

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ ramahi

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.

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