Harsher Penalties For Creating Fake Social Media Accounts, Emails, Websites In UAE

The punishment for creating spoofed accounts for others, emails or websites for government entities has become harsher in the UAE, as per the new amendments in the Cybercrime Law. The new law presents tougher penalties for email fraud or impersonating others on social media platforms for fraud purposes. People can be punished with up to five years in jail and a fine up to Dh2 million. New Federal Decree Law No 34 of 2021 has introduced major amendments to Federal Law 5 of 2012, Cybercrimes Law, covering crimes committed online. Article 11 of the new amendment that came into effect from January 2 this year states that anyone who creates a site, account or email ID impersonating others, shall be punished with imprisonment and a fine between Dh50,000 and Dh200,000 or both.