Dh2 million worth of counterfeit bank notes were seized by the Dubai Customs as an African passenger flying to the UAE, apparently for trade activities, aroused suspicion.
The suspected female passenger carried undeclared currency and hesitated at the inspection counter. ?The confiscated bank notes included 367 bills of 500 euros, 1,367 bills of 100 euros, along with 931 bills of $100,? Director of the Passengers Operations Department, Ali Al Mugahwi said.
During interrogation, the passenger claimed she received the money from a friend in her home country and didn?t know that it was fake. ?She further justified her visit to the UAE saying she wanted to buy ceramics,? Al Mugahwi said. The smuggler and the counterfeit notes were then referred to the Airports Security Department as part of the coordination between Dubai Customs and the Directorate General of Dubai Police.
Several attempts to smuggle fake credit cards and bank notes were thwarted by Dubai Customs in February this year. ?These included 51 fake credit cards and $100 bank notes worth Dh2.9 million. Fake traveller cheques worth Dh14 million were also seized in November 2010 at the Dubai International Airport and Dubai Cargo Village.?
?Dubai Customs also busted 172 attempts for passengers from 22 nationalities to smuggle forged credit cards into Dubai in 2010. Of these 50 were valued at over Dh1.5 million,? he added.
Al Mugahwi said Dubai Customs, armed with highly qualified inspectors, sophisticated surveillance and scanning devices, advanced inspection methods help curb down illegal practices, particularly ?fake currency which disastrously affects the national economy and impede activities of the registered companies across the country.?