For most part, we find the use of the internet as a very convenient way to connect with other people, not fully understanding how this can backfire or work against us.
Now, more than ever, privacy and information sharing issues have become very serious concerns in most countries where the internet has been made accessible to all… which is pretty much anywhere in the world.
Man who Posed as Rich Emirati to Embezzle Cash from Woman he Met Online Sent to Jail
An illegal resident in the UAE will be sent to prison for 18 months and will be slapped with a fine worth AED 500,000 for posing as a rich Emirati and blackmailing a woman whom he met online, as shared in a report by Emarat Al Youm.
The Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation heard the case of an Arab national who created a fake account on Twitter, posing as a wealthy Emirati national. He used this account to lure the reported victim, which started as a friendship turned into relationship. However, things started to change when the man began demanding money and explicit photos from the victim after he promised to marry her.
Eventually, the woman realized that the man had been lying to her and decided to cut him off. However, the man threatened the victim that he would release her explicit photos online if she would stop sending him money.
The blackmailing went on for some time due to the woman’s fear that it would become a scandal.
As per reports, the amount which the woman had given the suspect had reached AED 700,000 before she decided to report the incident to authorities.
The Arab man will be deported after serving his prison term.