A gang has been arrested for allegedly taking Dh560,000 from Abu Dhabi residents in a real estate scam. The Abu Dhabi Police said on Saturday that they arrested the six Arab men after receiving complaints from several residents in the emirate who had been cheated by the men in the alleged house rent fraud.
Brigadier Ahmad Al Muhairi, director of the Capital Police Directorate, said the gang of fraudsters had taken cash totalling Dh560,000 from scores of residents. A police team investigated the matter and tracked down the fraudsters.
Police said the Arab brokers had sublet apartment units in villas to the tenants after collecting a year’s rent from them, but they disappeared without paying the landlords. Brig Al Muhairi warned people against falling victims to online fraudulent real estate and rental advertisements.