Two African expatriate men have been sentenced to three years in jail for creating a fake website to steal money from clients of a local bank.
Local Arabic daily Arrayah reported that the Criminal Court, which convicted them, also ordered their deportation upon serving their sentence.
The issue was brought to the attention of the authorities concerned when the operation risk department manager of the local bank was notified by some of bank's clients about suspicious withdrawals and money transfers from their personal accounts through the website without their prior knowledge or approval.
Upon further investigation it turned out that all such transactions were conducted during August 2013, as the defendants had created a fake website that exactly resembled that of the bank concerned and managed to steal the information of some of its clients. Then, they used such information on the original website of the bank and manipulated the accounts of some clients.
Most of the funds so transferred were diverted to the bank account of one of the defendants.
When the authorities concerned investigated the case and seized the computers used in the crime, it turned out that they were also attempting to steal the money from other banks using the same techniques. Accordingly, the court convicted them based on investigations and evidences.
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