The Ras Al Khaimah Police have arrested seven Asians during a crackdown on those involved in offering cheap international phone call services illegally.
The police on Saturday arrested a 29-year-old man who allegedly offered a large number of international calls from his mobile phone using illegal software that allows the user to make calls without using local communication networks. It was found that he charged from his customers less than what they would pay on a local network.
Captain Ismail Ahmed, Deputy Head of the Cyber Crime Section, said that they received information about such illegal activities from a police informer. The team found out that the man used a programme on his mobile phone that connected to Internet accounts making it possible for his customers to make international calls.
The police, on Thursday, arrested six Asians in various cases of offering illegal international phone call services. The suspects allegedly provided a service that enabled customers to pay Dh1 for five minutes of talk time.
The police said they arrested the suspects through a trap set up by the CID officers and all the suspects have confessed to their crimes.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Col. Sultan Al Zaabi, Head of the CID at the RAK Police, said that the illegal international communication activities increase during the holy month of Ramadan, Eid, Indian festivals and other religious occasions. He said that the cyber crime section at the RAK Police is tracking down such crimes and deal with it firmly, in order to preserve the intellectual property rights.
He urged the public to cooperate with the police by reporting such phenomena and not to take advantage of them.