Calling Dubai's Infamous “Massage” Cards… What Happens?

“Massage” cards flood the streets and car windows in certain parts of Dubai. It’s out of control and quite embarrassing for tourists. I got sick of seeing them everywhere so I decided to investigate exactly what happens when you call these cards.

Behind these massage cards lurks a big scam too. One that tourists are unlikely to report to the Dubai Police. Luckily some have, so we know how this scam works. It’s called the Black Widow Scam. You call the massage card, and when you get to the therapist’s apartment you’re beaten and robbed.

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A CID official at the Dubai Police said about this scam:

“Most of the time, the suspects, including the women, run away after carrying out the crime. But sometimes, they stay in the flats thinking that the victim would not inform the police.”

He added: “The Dubai Police have managed to arrest a number of gangs of African women over such illegal activities. Most of the gangs comprise of three women from African countries, and some of them have men as accomplices. They use massage cards and social media posts to attract men to their trap. The public should avoid such invitations to avoid falling prey to the fraudsters.”

“UAE police warn residents about ‘massage robbery’ gangs”

“Dubai residents face massage cards menace daily”

Please do not use these “massage” services in Dubai. They’re illegal, and now you know the horrible trade behind it.


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30 thoughts on “Calling Dubai's Infamous “Massage” Cards… What Happens?”

  1. I was scared for you just going down to those streets. They're laws over there seem to be very strict and especially for foreigners. I was worried about the poster in your room with the guy smoking a blunt. Lol. Would anything happen if they saw that? Because I think weed is illegal there too?

  2. don't call any police to try reporting those case, because Dubai police control those ladies, they take every lady 50 Dhs per day to keep those prostitutes over street.

  3. I watched the news extensivly for those for at least 2 years, the only time they brag about it is when A) the prostitute is an underage, or B) marginally forced into it, but 90% of the time it's A.

  4. Not by Emiratis or Arab people, it's a scam by so many Bangladesh people (Bengali) who are putting traps to foreigners. Many Bengalis are known as Harami, they will do many underground work.

  5. At first, I was very curious as to how they throw cards all over footpaths . Luckily during a walk I was able to see one such guy. He had a mask and a cap on. He was riding a bicycle with one hand, and was discreetly letting the cards falls from the another. I bet 99 out of 100 wouldn't be able to see them leaving cards, even if it was left next to you. Almost all of them are South Asians .

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