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What you should know about Identity theft

06-Nov-2016 :

Dubai: As alarming as it sounds, you could be the next victim of identity theft.The phenomenon is becoming more prevalent than you think.

“The bad news is, it [identity theft] is not going down; it’s increasing,” Hassan Al Hais, Legal Consultant at Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants, told Gulf News.

Statistics specifically dealing with identity theft in the UAE are hard to come by although in 2014, according to the Cyber Investigation Department at Dubai Police, cybercrimes increased from 588 in 2011 to 1,419 in 2013. These crimes include personal information theft — especially photos — money-related fraud, and blackmail or extortion, especially sextortion.

Al Hais, who has handled many identity theft cases, said anyone can be a victim, especially those who easily believe what they read or hear.

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