The Dubai Computer Group (DCG) has warned its members operating from Dubai?s Computer Street to be vigilant and careful when doing business with clients in the city as there is a criminal syndicate that is targeting computer dealers.
The DCG warning comes after a spate of targeted attacks on certain DCG members who have been duped of their IT products, money or both by a syndicate operating from Deira.
In a statement released to its members, the DCG states that: “We would like to update and alert those IT resellers who send their staff to collect cash or deliver goods in the Deira area to be careful as there is a syndicate that is duping dealers.”
According to the statement, three separate incidencies involving DCG members have been reported so far. In one incident, a member of staff from a reseller had gone to Deira to collect money wired to the company from an exchange bureau and as soon as the cash was collect, this member of staff was mugged by three unknown people who demanded the money. “In this case the victim didn’t have much money so he was beaten,” read part of the statement.
In another separate incident a member of staff from a different reseller company that is a DCG member had gone to collect money from a client and after collecting the cash, he was was attacked by about four people of African decent who took the money in broad day light in Deira.
Mahesh Thakore, coordinator at the DCG, says as an association that looks into the interests of resellers and promoting good business ethics and conduct in the IT channel in Dubai, the DCG is appalled by these criminal incidents. “We would like to inform our members to be alert and vigilant when doing business with their clients,” he advises. “If possible we would like to urge them to at least send two people or more people to collect money or deliver goods in the Deira area. This will not only protect their cash but most importantly, prevent injury or even loss of life.”
Recently, the DCG has upped its iniatives aimed at “cleaning up” the channel and protecting partners that conduct their business ethically. The DCG is also galvanising support with all key stake holders in Dubai to ensure that the reseller channel attains maturity.