Police Warns Against ‘Cheap Flat’ Ads in the UAE

Published October 28th, 2018 - 10:16 GMT
The Abu Dhabi Police have issued a warning about proliferating real estate scams that may rob a person of one's savings through bogus ads on social media websites. (Shutterstock)
The Abu Dhabi Police have issued a warning about proliferating real estate scams that may rob a person of one's savings through bogus ads on social media websites. (Shutterstock)

Looking to rent an accommodation? Don't fall for that online ad which promises a flat at an extremely cheap price. It could be fake and dupe you of your hard-earned money.

The Abu Dhabi Police have issued a warning about proliferating real estate scams that may rob a person of one's savings through bogus ads on social media websites.

Brigadier Mohammed Suhail Al Rashidi, acting director of the Criminal Security Sector of the Abu Dhabi Police, has alerted all accommodation-seekers not to trust any ads on the internet or social media, "no matter how enticing they are".

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He added that all rent contracts must be issued and validated from authorised governmental entities to avoid being trapped in scams.

Al Rashidi said a person who wants to rent an accommodation must contact authorised real estate office, ask the brokers or agents to provide their emirates ID and get all necessary information. He emphasised that papers must be produced only in the authorised offices, and the contracts must be approved by the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities.

On its Instagram account, the Abu Dhabi Police added that many cases of fraud were recently recorded, and many suspects arrested after it was detected that these conmen were using counterfeit contracts, with names of fake companies.

All cases where fraudulent activities are suspected must be reported, said Brigadier Musallam Mohamed El Ameri, director of the Directorate of Police of External Areas. He added that the police are working on raising awareness regarding such scams to combat the growing crime.


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