Fake pimp duped users on Twit­ter

Stu­dent makes thou­sands in sex con

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

A teenager man­aged to con Twit­ter users out of thou­sands of dirhams by of­fer­ing to hook them up with pros­ti­tutes, a court has heard.

The Moroc­can stu­dent, aged 19, told prospec­tive cus­tomers to send him Dhs50 mo­bile phone cards in­stead of cash.

In re­turn he claimed he would send them more pic­tures and even ar­range meets.

But the sex work­ers did not ex­ist and the im­ages he put on Twit­ter were taken from the in­ter­net.

Dubai Court of First In­stance was told he sold the Dhs50 cards on to low­in­come work­ers.

He was busted in July of this year – three years af­ter start­ing the ac­count. Dubai Po­lice picked up the trail af­ter he racked up 9,000 fol­low­ers.

The court was told that 600 peo­ple con­tacted him and 300 sent money. He was ar­rested out­side his home in the Al Qu­sais area of Dubai.

The stu­dent did not ap­pear in court yes­ter­day, but a prose­cu­tion doc­u­ment quoted him as say­ing: “I created the ac­count on Twit­ter three years ago and I would post pic­tures of pros­ti­tutes and nude girls that I got through the in­ter­net.

“I’d use trend­ing hash­tags to get more fol­low­ers and peo­ple to take their money.” He ad­mit­ted that he posed as a fe­male pimp. He con­tin­ued: “They would send me du cards through Twit­ter in or­der that I’d pro­vide girls and even she­males for them. But I don’t have any girls or she­males, I was con­ning them.

“I used to sell the du cards to some In­dian men be­low their ac­tual price and I man­aged to col­lect nearly Dhs8,000.”

He was charged with en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to com­mit a sin, in this case pros­ti­tu­tion.

The case is be­ing treated as a cy­ber­crime, which car­ries tougher penal­ties.

He is fac­ing three years in jail and a fine of be­tween Dhs250,000 and Dhs1 mil­lion, or both.

The trial was ad­journed so he can be brought to court.

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