Becoming a millionaire is no simple feat, but for Jinner Badshah, it is easy as pie.
Born to a poor family, Md Azad, happy to call himself Jinner Badshah (King of Genies), quit school at an early age and used to live like a vagabond until his family sent him to Dhaka to seek his fortune so he could support the family.
But, for the hobo, it turned out to be a miracle as he became a millionaire soon after he arrived in Dhaka. The 24-year old from a remote village in Bhola had hardly faced any hurdles on his journey to becoming a millionaire as he chose to engage in cheating and fraud, posing as Jinner Badshah.
Azad, however, got caught on Wednesday, as the old saying goes – “every day is for the thief, one day is for the owner.”
Acting on a tip-off, a team of law enforcers arrested him after raiding Ghatar Mor area in Keraniganj on the outskirts of Dhaka, said Md Alimuzzaman, deputy commissioner of the cyber crime division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit.
The team also seized two mobile phones and two SIM cards from his possession, he said, adding that a case was also filed with Shyampur police station in this regard.
The law enforcers, however, could not arrest Azad’s accomplices.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Alimuzzaman said Azad and his eight to 10 cohorts had bagged around Tk1 crore in only four years by cheating people of their money.
He said: “Residing in Ghatar Mor area in Keraniganj, Azad, in the guise of Jinner Badsha or Aulia (spiritual leader), used to tell people different religious stories by phone and induce them to send money to him with false assurances of solving their problems.
“The fraud gang also narrated verses from the Quran and Hadith to their enthusiast clients in a bid to gain their trust and persuade to send money.”
Once the people reach out to the gang and send them money through bKash, Rocket and other mobile transaction systems for Azad’s so-called spiritual advice, all of their mobile phones are found turned off, the DMP official said, quoting some of the victims.
And when a client asks to meet Jinner Badsha, someone on the other side of the phone tells him or her that Jinner Badsha is an invisible figure and no one can meet him, Alimuzzaman added.
“The entire process was done through mobile phone, and by so doing, the fraudsters bagged millions of taka from many individuals.”
To that end, the gang also purchased many SIM cards by using false names and address, he added.