UAE Public Prosecutor’s Office sheds light on penalties for e-payment crimes

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ABU DHABI — The Public Prosecution Service today detailed through posts on its social media accounts the penalties for cyber crimes related to electronic payments.

The post stated that, in accordance with article (15) of the Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021 on the fight against rumors and cybercrime, anyone who falsifies, creates false copies or illegally uses the data or information from a credit or debit card, or any other electronic payment tool using information technology (IT) or any other computer tool, shall be liable to imprisonment and a fine of at least AED 200,000 and not more than AED 2,000,000, or one of the two penalties.

The Public Prosecutor further clarified that the same penalties would apply to anyone who designs or develops a computer or computer tool or solution enabling one of the crimes referred to in the first paragraph of Article (15); who unlawfully uses any of these digital payment solutions without authorization to access the funds or assets of others or the services provided through them; or who knowingly endorses transactions made using such counterfeit or copied cards or electronic payment solutions or related stolen data and information.

These positions are part of the Public Ministry’s ongoing efforts to improve the legal literacy of community members and educate them on the country’s latest legislation.

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