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September 16, 2012

Two Pakistani nationals held in Oman over fake visa racket

     Manama: Two Pakistani nationals have been arrested in a visa racket case in Oman, police officials have confirmed. "We received information that some people were providing visas to their compatriots, charging 500 Omani riyals (Dh4,754) for each visa," Gulf News quoted a Royal Oman Police (ROP) official, as saying. The police said they raided the hideout of the accused and found they were selling fake visas. "This is a very serious offence and we would like to advise all residents in Oman not to deal with anyone other than official government entities for official documents," he advised. "We would urge the public to report any such activities by unauthorised persons," the spokesperson added. Meanwhile, an official at the Directorate-General of Criminal Investigations said that fraud activities were on the rise, especially from abroad, through the use of the internet, the report said. The complaints received by the ROP say that swindlers, after tempting their victims by offering good prices for the commodities they wish to buy, start asking for more money and more time for customs clearance before it becomes clear that they are cheating the potential buyers, it added.
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