Members of one of the fraud rings posed as Customs Department officials
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested 16 frauds during two separate raids in Dhaka on Wednesday.
They raids were conducted at Ramna’s Bailey Road and Baridhara’s Natun Bazar.
During a press briefing at the CID office in Malibagh on Thursday, Special Superintendent of Police (Serious Crimes and Homicide Squad) Syeda Zannat Ara said a raid was conducted at Bailey Road area after victim informed them that he had been defrauded of Tk24 lakh by a group of individuals claiming to be Customs Department officials.
Three people were arrested during the drive: Md Faruk alias Omor Mubin, 52, Md Ilias alias Nur Islam Sarker, 38, and Md Saiful Islam, 30.
According to Special SI Syeda, the gang would defraud money from victims by claiming that it will be used to purchase gold during an auction of goods seized by the Customs Department. Md Faruk would identify himself as the assistant commissioner of the Customs Department, while the other two posed as his personal secretaries.
“We recovered seven mobile phones, 13 SIM cards from different operators, and a number of cheques during the raid. The fraud ring had embezzled about a million taka from various people claiming to be officials of the Customs Department or Bangladesh Bank,” the CID official said.
“We have received the names of many other members of the fraud ring from the detainees and are in the process of scrutinizing the information. We suspect that some important people may be involved in the ring, and an investigation is ongoing,” she added.
Meanwhile, during a press briefing that immediately followed the first, Special SI Md Enamul Kabir said 13 members of a different fraud ring were arrested from the Natun Bazar area of Baridhara also on Wednesday.
The arrestees were identified as Ashraful Islam, 27, Al Amin Mondol alias Raton, 30, Ujjal Hossain, 23, Shimul Mollah, 19, Jahirul islam alias Pappu Mia, 20, Abdul Momin, 24, Shahin Alam, 24, Nur Alam Siddique, 25, Majehedul Islam, 25, Emrul Hassan, 23, Md Moniruzzaman, 24, Rinku Kumar Das, 30 and Avijit Panday, 24.
Special SI Md Enamul said the fraud ring would con money from victims by offering training and assuring them jobs would be provided after the program. The con men opened a training centre called Excellent Trade Marketing Ltd to conduct their false training programs.
The fraud ring amassed about Tk50 lakh from 130 victims, taking from Tk30,000-1,00,000 from each.
The Special SI further said Ashraful, Al Amin, and Ujjal had previously conducted a similar scheme under the name Winex Company. When police learned of their activities, they closed down Winex Company and opened Excellent Trade Marketing Ltd to continue with their illicit activities.