The UAE has clear, stringent regulations against cybercrime, with a range of sanctions that can include lengthy prison terms and fines of up to Dh3 million. On Sunday, the Dubai Public Prosecution informed citizens of the consequences of faking, counterfeiting, or duplicating a credit card or debit card.
The authority outlined the penalties for fabricating any other electronic payment method using any technological tool or computer program in a post on its social media accounts.
Any person who falsifies, makes fake copies of, or unlawfully uses the data or information of a credit or debit card, or any other electronic payment tool using information technology (IT) or any other computer tools is subject to imprisonment and a fine of not less than Dh500,000 and not more than Dh2 million, or one of the two penalties, according to a Federal Decree on combating rumors and cybercrimes.
Whoever is found to be falsifying electronic documents will be prosecuted under Article 14 of the Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021, according to the UAE Public Prosecution. Anyone who falsifies any of the federal or municipal government’s electronic records, or those of federal or local public bodies or organizations, will be subject to a fine between Dh150,000 and Dh750,000.
Falsification of documents from any entity not listed above will result in incarceration and/or a fine of between Dh100,000 and Dh300,000 as punishment.
The public has been forewarned by Dubai Police against unauthorized access to governmental entities’ information networks. Article 3 of the UAE Federal Decree Law No. 34 of 2021 for combatting rumors and cybercrimes states that the offence is penalized by a maximum fine of Dh500,000 and a minimum fine of Dh200,000. According to the law, anyone found using a state institution’s website, electronic information system, information network, or other information technology improperly faces penalties.