Sharjah: 2 arrested for running illegal call centres [Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)]
(Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sharjah: Sharjah Police have arrested two men accused of running illegal call centres from their homes.
The men were selling the calls at a rate lower than those offered by service providers via an internet connection. The police said the suspects hid the equipment in their houses in the industrial area of Sharjah.
The police received a tip-off that two Pakistani men had transformed their houses into illegal call centres and were hacking into telephone systems. They were offering ten-minute calls to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh for Dh1.
The police located the houses that were operating without a licence from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). The premises were raided and the equipment seized.
The suspects admitted to making illegal phone calls through programs connected to a server for this purpose and selling international calls at low rates.
They told police that other people came to make calls from their houses.
Police investigations revealed that one of the men is an investor while the other is registered as an absconder.
The suspects confessed to the crime and have been referred to the public prosecution.
Sharjah Police have warned the public as well as internet cafe owners not to violate TRA rules. They have also warned the public that they will be held responsible if they are caught making illegal phone calls.
Sharjah Police urged all community members to cooperate with the security agencies and report any suspicious acts or crimes on 999 or 06-5632222 or the toll-free number Najeedt 800 151 or via SMS on 7999 or www.shjpolice.gov.ae/najeed.
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