Fraud ‘strategy’ changed...

Dhaka, Tuesday   29 September 2020

Fraud ‘strategy’ changed

 Md. Eidrees Alam

 Published: 08:38 PM, 10 September 2020   Updated: 08:43 PM, 10 September 2020

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

A new strategy of fraud has recently been found where fraudsters offering the temptation of lucrative jobs to general and less educated boys and girls by capitalizing with ‘sparkle’ office and advertisements. Later, by trapping these boys and girls, some fraudsters are stealing crores of takas. So, law enforcement is telling everyone to be careful to avoid such fraud.

Russell, a resident of Chandina upazila in Cumilla, came to Mirpur’s Pallabi area in the capital city of Dhaka after seeing alluring job advertisements in the newspapers. He was deceived by depositing money in advance for accommodation and training at Arvita Security Services Limited. Al Amin and Farhad, two youths from the same area, were similarly deceived by this company.

They said that they came after seeing the job advertisement for the post of supervisor of the security company. Later, they lodged a complaint with Pallabi police station. Police later arrested Sanwar, Junaid, Khayer, Gani, Rana, Parvez and Nayeem – based on the allegations. 

“They used glamorous offices, beautiful receptionists and flashy advertisements for the deception,” said Kazi Wazed Ali, officer-in-charge (OC) of Pallabi Police Station.

Student Farhan Hossain was deceived when he went to buy a MacBook Air laptop from “The laptop sent from abroad was advertised to sell for only Tk 25,000 at I called the number given in the advertisement. A woman from the other end told me to take the laptop from Maghbazar. Then I went there with Tk 25,000. After calling the number, some people came and snatched money from me, but didn’t give any laptop,” he said.  

In this way, the fraudsters are cheating in the name of buying and selling products by giving tempting advertisements in newspapers and online pages. They have also resorted to giving fake medical advice and ‘supplying’ drugs online. Besides, they are taking money from bKash by giving secretaries /doctors/journalists/police officer identities. Even rickshaw pullers are not excluded from the list!

According to the investigation, extortion and fraud have started in the capital by changing new strategies. By intimidating someone, knowingly, or secretly knowing someone’s personal information, they are blackmailing and stealing money.

Sabuj Ahmed, 28, was going to shop in Bashundhara City from Farmgate by rickshaw. Suddenly the rickshaw puller stopped in a silent place and took out a small packet from the lungi and told that “a female passenger left this one-bhari gold chain. I can’t sell in any shop as a rickshaw puller.” Later, Sabuj bought the chain with Tk 11,000. 

Sabuj further said, “I thought I would get above Tk 55,000. When I went to Bashundhara City and asked the price, the salesman told me that they did not by ‘imitation’.” Hearing this, Sabuj shocked and regretted buying this.

Jisanul Haque, senior assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of the CID’s organized crime division, said members of the fraudulent ring took millions of takas from people in the name of jobs through various online recruitment advertisements.

He added that the members of this gang are cheating by “changing new tactics” to evade the eyes of the law enforcement agencies.

Members of the fraudsters have been arrested before and law enforcement is working to catch those who are still cheating with people, ASP Jisanul Haque added.