Air Ticket – Gang Busted
5 Pakistani nationals resident of UAE, involved in airline ticket fraud are arrested.
News reports suggest Emirates Airline alone suffered accumulated loss of approx 150,000 AED in one quarter.
Tip came in when credit card holders from US & Australia reported ticket charge to their cards for sectors not traveled by the credit card holders. In turn banks approached Emirates for refund on behalf of clients. – The multiple incidents triggered an investigation and claimed cards become red as the sector Dubai Karachi Dubai – Dubai Lahore Dubai was most charged on multiple red cards. The sector become under radar. (Mr.) Ali Rida, 37 Safety and Security officer with Emirates started a track back on the passengers using ‘RED’ cards & trail led to 5 Pakistani nationals residents of Dubai. They apparently used Emirates as shuttle between Dubai Karachi Dubai – Dubai Lahore Dubai carrying cargo for smugglers in the 30KG weight limit apparently travelling without personal luggage.
In most of the cases they left in the morning and returned the same day evening.
Dubai police arrested the gang of 5 with support & complaint from Emirates Security, The police also confiscated a number of computers and mobile phones. A case is now under court proceedings.
Now it is mandatory for credit card holder to be one of passengers for the Ticket or Tickets charged on a credit card, Emirates reserve right to deny a boarding to passenger using ticket charged to a credit card which does not belong to a fellow passenger on the same flight.