Abu Dhabi: About 1,700 fraud and counterfeiting cases have been referred to the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance during the past three years including signatures, passports, official documents and certificates among others, a statement by the Abu Dhabi Police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Jumaa Al Hadad, of the Forensic Science Department at the Abu Dhabi Police said that the capital’s police is using advanced technologies in spotting counterfeit and fraud and is a field with highly qualified employees.

Al Hadad also revealed that the number-one cause for such crimes is economic issues along with social reasons.

The expert urged the public not to leave their signatures on blank sheets of paper where they can be misused, to use complicated signatures and to refrain from using cheques or documents written in liquid ink, which can dissolve and fade with time.