Dubai's economic department fines 25 'illegal' money transfer firms


Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) has said it issued fines to 25 shops for engaging in “unauthorised activities and illegal money transactions”.

The shops were offering Bangladeshi expatriates services of cheaper money transfers to their home country by using an app ‘Bkash’, state news agency WAM reported.

“DED acted on a tip-off and raided the shops, spread across different areas in Dubai, and found out that none of them were licensed [by the UAE Central Bank] to provide money transfer services,” said Mohammed Ali Rashed Lootah, chief executive officer, commercial compliance and consumer protection sector, DED.

All the shops were advertising the “illegal” activity in their native Bengali language to avoid suspicion, with the department confiscating all devices, Lootah said.

DED said the practice was harmful not only to the UAE economy and local businesses, warning people could be conned by such offers.

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