Thieves hack car importer's email, redirect delivery abroad

A group of thieves hacked an email address of a Dubai-based car export and import company and deceived an auto dealer to deliver four expensive vehicles in a foreign country, according to Gulf News.
Police said the company reported to them that they had bought four Mercedes vehicles worth Dh1.8 million (N176,418,000) but the vehicles went to a different country after the thieves hacked their email address and sent different delivery addresses to the selling company.
Brigadier Salem Al Rumaithi, director of the Criminal Investigation Department, said the email address of the company was hacked by unknown people who sent another email to the exporting company outside the UAE telling it to change the delivery addresses to another country. The hackers managed to get the cheque number issued by the Dubai-based company for the cars and attached it in their email to the exporting company with different delivery locations without the knowledge of the Dubai company.
“Officers from the Cyber Crimes Department identified the hackers and informed authorities in the country where the cars reached. The thieves were arrested and the cars recovered and sent to the UAE,” Brigadier Al Rumaithi said.

Dubai Police coordinated closely with the law enforcement authorities in the foreign country to solve the case, Brig Al Rumaithi said.