Dubai foils bid to smuggle 51 fake bank credit cards

Al Maktoum International Airport

By Kt Abdurabb

Customs inspectors at Dubai International Airport foiled a bid to smuggle 51 counterfeit bank credit cards valued at AED1 million from two passengers who were coming from an undisclosed Asian country.

Al Maktoum International AirportAli Almaghwai, senior manager of the airport’s passenger operations department, said they acted on tips to apprehend the suspects, who were monitored closely until they arrived at the inspection area and were arrested after a manual inspection by two senior inspectors. The inspectors found 51 counterfeited credit cards with different names hidden in secret pockets of the bags.

“Smugglers attempt to use fake credit cards in the local market. This causes harm to the economy and to society,” added Ali Almaghwai.

Dubai Customs foiled another bid to smuggle fake $100 notes of $804,000 (AED2.9 million) via Dubai International Airport during the first week of February. A European tourist was arrested in this case.

In November 2010, Dubai Customs foiled two separate bids to smuggle fake traveler checks, valued at AED2 million and AED12 million at the airport and Dubai Cargo Village.

Almaghwai said Dubai Customs also busted 172 attempts of passengers from 22 nationalities to smuggle forged credit cards into the emirate last year.nline/online.js?js=v.1.0.6′ type=’text/javascript’>