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Dubai is known for being a city of generosity, with a large amount of residents regularly giving money to charity. During the Holy Month, many people step up efforts to give to the less fortunate. But Dubai Police have warned people not to be fooled by fake beggars asking for money. In a series of social media posts, Dubai Police launched a campaign warning people to say no to beggars during Ramadan.

“The government of ‪#‎Dubai makes sure to take care of its citizens and residents and there are countless charity organisations whose goals are to help those in need,” said Col Mohammed Rashid bin Surei Al Muhairi, director of Tourism Police division at Dubai Police CID.

“When beggars who are in fact in need of financial assistance are arrested, we refer them to relevant organisation, but if a person is not in need of money, then he/she, along with any money, will be transferred to public prosecution.” he added.

Common scams include beggars showing fake wounds (which can look very realistic) and broken limbs. There are also local reports of a man with an oxygen mask asking for money, as well as people begging through social networking sites, WhatsApp and text messages.

Earlier this month, Arabian Business reported that a Dubai beggar was caught earning AED270,000 per month. Head of markets section at Dubai Municipality told the publication that 59 beggars were caught since the beginning of 2016.

According to Dubai Police’s Facebook page, Col Mohammed Rashic said that 312 beggars were arrested during Ramadan last year.

Concerned residents are being reassured that that there are charities to help those in need, and that you should donate money through registered charities in order to help the needy.

You can report beggars to 0502106969 or the toll-free number 800 – CID (800 243), or via the department official email [email protected]

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