Muscat: Crimes involving bounced cheques are on the rise in Oman and are the most common type of fraud at the moment, a Public Prosecution data revealed.
In 2018, there were 3,054 cases of fraudulent cheques registered with the Royal Oman Police (ROP), compared to 2,963 cases in 2017. This made the number one crime in Oman. Muscat topped other governorates in the number of cases with 1,920.
The ROP has called upon everyone to help prevent fraud by only accepting certified cheques.
A certified cheque is the one which is verified by a bank, guaranteeing that there are sufficient funds in the account to pay the agreed amount.
Major Ghasan Al Zadjali, an officer at the Criminal Investigations Department of the ROP, said: “Don’t trust everyone who writes you a cheque. Please accept only certified cheques which are guaranteed by a bank.”