Credit, debit card forgers in the UAE face imprisonment and hefty fines

Fines range from AED 500,000 to a maximum of AED 2 mn
Credit, debit card forgers in the UAE face imprisonment and hefty fines
UAE implementing strict laws against cybercrimes

There are strict laws in the UAE against cybercrimes, with severe penalties that could result in lengthy prison sentences and fines of up to 3 million dirhams. Recently, the Dubai Public Prosecution informed the public about the consequences of forging, counterfeiting, or reproducing a credit or debit card.

The authority recently shared on its social media account the consequences of falsifying any electronic payment method using technological means or computer programs. The penalties for such actions were also outlined in the post.

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The Federal Decree on combatting rumors and cybercrimes stipulates that individuals who forge, create fake copies, or unlawfully use credit or debit card data, as well as any other electronic payment method, using information technology (IT) or other computer tools, will face imprisonment and a fine of not less than 500,000 dirhams and not more than 2 million dirhams, or one of the two penalties.

The UAE Public Prosecution has recently emphasized that the forging of electronic documents is punishable by law under Article 14 of the Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021. Those caught falsifying any electronic documents belonging to the Federal or Local Government, or federal or local public authorities or organizations, will face temporary imprisonment and/or a fine ranging from 150,000 dirhams to 750,000 dirhams.

In situations where documents belonging to an entity not mentioned above are falsified, the penalty will result in detention and/or a fine ranging from 100,000 dirhams to 300,000 dirhams.

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