Dh4 Million worth fruits looted in Dubai – Firm disappears with shipments

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Dh4 Million worth fruits looted in Dubai – Firm disappears with shipments

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Dh4 Million worth fruits looted in Dubai – Firm disappears with shipments. Fruit loots include 810 tonnes of bananas, grapes, coconuts, etc… Indian exporters are recounting their orders in a Zoom video conference.

Dubai: More than Dh4 million worth of bananas, tomatoes, grapes, pomegranates, coconuts, and chilies have been stolen in an audacious scam in Dubai, with scores of Indian exporters being caught in the crosshairs of the brazen theft.

Following a familiar script, con artists opened an office in Dubai before placing bulk orders — this time on behalf of the fraudulent OPC Foodstuff Trading, operating from Deira.

The exporters were paid 25-30 percent upfront via Telex Transfers. The balance was to be paid within one to three weeks of delivery. The money never arrived. Instead, OPC Foodstuff suddenly downed shutters last month and its entire staff, including Pakistani owner Mohammad Farooq, cannot be traced, say victims. Their phone numbers remain switched off.

Victim recounts anguish

“Our lives have been shattered overnight,” rued Poornima Patil, owner of Maharashtra-based PVIP Exports that shipped 7,400 boxes of pomegranates and grapes worth $181,480 (Dh666,580). “I invested 20 years of my savings into this deal. When it was not enough, I mortgaged my house and jewelry and borrowed from money lenders. I don’t know what I am going to do,” she lamented during a Zoom video conferencing with Gulf News.

IN NUMBERS
18 exporters were hit by the fruit scam
50 is the number of fruit containers that were shipped to Dubai by the exporters
Dh666,580 is what one firm, PVIP Exports, lost to the scammers
201,5860 is the approximate number of bananas that have been stolen
Read more at Gulf News
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