The operation revealed a hidden online fraud network that was committing crimes outside the UAE,
including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.
Commander InChief of Dubai Police a person of Lt General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, , said the success of the operation is another feather in the cap of Dubai Police.
In his words :
“Dubai Police stand against money laundering and organised cyber fraud and online scams. We are up to date with the latest technologies and methods that gangs use in their crimes.
We have a qualified team of officers to stand up against cybercrimes,” Lt Gen Al Merri said.
Director of Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, , said they received information about a gang specialized in money laundering and online scams.
His words were :
“The gang including Hushpuppi, known for his display of wealth on social media.
He would pose as a businessman to lure victims from all around the world.
A team of Dubai Police monitored the gang that was creating accounts on social media with fake names,
They were designing and mimicking company and bank websites to steal credit card data and illegally obtain victims’ money before laundering the cash,
The forged documents pertained to online fraud outside the country.
The fraud was worth more than Dh1.6 billion. We seized more than Dh150 million in cash from them and confiscated 13 luxury cars worth Dh25 million” Brig Al Jallaf said.
Police confiscated 21 computers, 47 smartphones, 15 memory cards, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of nearly two million victims.
After further investigations and analyzing confiscated items, Dubai Police uncovered sensitive information and files condemning the gang’s illegal activities.
Video of how Hushpuppi & Gang was taken down
However, Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said that six SWAT teams raided the locations of the gang during zero hour.
“The operation was carried out in a highly professional manner to net all gang members.
‘Fox Hunt2’ foiled the gang’s bid to deceive many victims across the world as they were planning to obtain their money,” Maj Gen Al Mansouri said.
Watch Video of Hushpuppi & his Gang arrest below :
Earlier Fox Hunt operation
In February 2020, Dubai Police arrested a gang of nine fraudsters as they were running 81 fake businesses across 18 countries around the world.
Police called the operation ‘Fox Hunt’ which revealed a hidden online fraud network deceiving victims into transferring money in return for job opportunities.