Fake pimp duped users on Twitter
Student makes thousands in sex con
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.