Crypto Scammers Will Get Up to Five Years of Jail, Fine of AED 1 Million Under New UAE Regulations

Posting inaccurate data online about any crypto product will be subject to legal repercussions.

Crypto Scammers Will Get Up to Five Years of Jail, Fine of AED 1 Million Under New UAE Regulations

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UAE has reformed some cyber laws to protect citizens of the country

Highlights
  • The UAE president has announced reforms in cyber laws
  • Scammers will be punished for misleading people with fake crypto news
  • Crypto culture expanding in UAE

New rules are being passed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), guaranteeing stringent punishments for crypto scammers targeting investors in the country. These rules which will come to effect on January 2, 2022, entail prison time for up to five years as well as a penalty up to AED 1 Million (roughly Rs. 2 crore). UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan had announced a series of legal reforms last month, and these laws are part of them aiming to reduce risks of financial frauds.

"As per article 48, posting misleading ads or inaccurate data online about any product will be subject to legal repercussions. The same penalty applies to members of the public who promote cryptocurrencies unrecognised by authorities in the country,” a report by UAE-based news portal The National News quoted Dr. Hassan Elhais of Al Rowaad Advocates.

Previously, the law warned against crypto promotion activities, but did not penalise it leading to a rise in cyber criminals chasing crypto investors with misinformation.

“Article 54 states that using or modifying electronic robots to share, re-share or circulate fake news in the country can be subject to a prison term of two years or a fine of up to AED 1 million, or both,” Elhais reportedly added.

The crypto culture is expanding in regions of the UAE.

Earlier this month, for instance, the Dubai Media Office revealed that the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will become a crypto zone and regulator for cryptocurrencies in the coming days.

The development was announced after the Dubai authorities in May had warned people about crypto-related fake news making rounds.

The Abu Dhabi Police has also warned people to beware of fake cryptocurrency schemes promising instant wealth.

Globally, total crypto crimes in 2020 amounted to around $10.52 billion (roughly Rs. 79,194 crore), a report had revealed earlier in April.

In a recently released PSA, the FBI said that scammers have been making innocent people use physical cryptocurrency ATMs and digital QR Codes to complete malicious transactions.

This week, the Hyderabad Police also warned crypto investors in India to strongly refrain from transferring assets into unknown, unauthorised wallets, asserting that cybercrime rate has heated up in the country.


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Radhika Parashar
Radhika Parashar is a senior correspondent for Gadgets 360. She has been reporting on tech and telecom for the last three years now and will be focussing on writing about all things crypto. Besides this, she is a major sitcom nerd and often replies in Chandler Bing and Michael Scott references. For tips or queries you could reach out to her at RadhikaP@ndtv.com. More
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