A woman in Dubai reported what she thought was credit-card hacking incident to the police, but later on found out that her husband used her credit card to pay for the traffic fines of his girlfriend.
In a report on Gulf News, Captain Abdullah Al Shehi, Deputy Director of Cyber-Crime Department at Dubai Police, said that the police received the complaint from the wife who said that her card was being used to pay traffic fines.
The authorities conducted an investigation, and the woman was invited at the police station. Authorities then discovered that the card being used belonged to the complainant’s husband.
“It was a strange case because the wife didn’t know that her husband used her credit card to pay his friend’s traffic fines. The friend didn’t know that he was married and the wife didn’t know that he had a girlfriend,” Gulf News quoted Captain Al Shehi as saying.
The complainant got the idea that her card was being used by another person after she was alerted by a transaction using her card.
She later on called the bank and had it frozen before going to the Dubai police.
“We tracked the purchase transaction and identified the woman who used the card. She was summoned to the Cyber-Crime Department for questioning and the surprise was she didn’t know her male friend was married,” the police official told Gulf News.
Colonel Saeed Al Hajiri, Director of Cyber-Crime Department at Dubai Police on the other hand, said that this is a rare case.
“The problem is from the bank customer who sometimes uses credit cards for purchases through unsecured sites offering products or brands at cheap prices. They put the card details on these sites but don’t know there are gangs that can hack the system cards and steal the card details and money,” Col Al Hajiri told Gulf News.
The Dubai Police urged the public to make sure that they stay vigilant and check if their transactions are secured. (TDT)