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Imposter swindles Tk55,000 by voice deception

  • Published at 01:02 am November 18th, 2019
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The alleged fraudster reportedly adopted a cunning act and tricked Tk55,000 from two of Kamran’s friends by emotionally blackmailing the victims by telling them that his mother had died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH)

In a rare mobile phone scam incident, an impersonator - imitating marine engineer Kamran Ahmed’s tone of voice, including inflection, and intonation, has swindled a large amount of money over the phone from several friends of Kamran, pretending as if it was Kamran himself.

The alleged fraudster reportedly adopted a cunning act and tricked Tk55,000 from two of Kamran’s friends by emotionally blackmailing the victims by telling them that his mother had died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Ahsanul Karim Rupom, one of Kamran’s friends, said he transferred Tk30,300 into a Bkash account assuming the caller [fraudster] to be his friend Kamran Ahmed.

“He [imposter] said, he had no charge in his mobile phone, and that’s why he had called using his father’s phone,” said Rupom describing the call from an unknown number.

"He had a near identical tone of voice as of Kamran’s, even Inflection pitch, and tone patterns."

Before sending the money, Rupom called Kamran’s mobile phone number, which was saved in his contact list, however, it was being canceled or declined repeatedly.

Later, Rupom called that unknown number and transferred money to two Bkash accounts that were registered as 01300127943 and 01727307720, and 15,300 taka in each number.

It was all too late, when Rupom came to learn of being tricked through their friends' WhatsApp group, as another friend has reported a similar incident involving phone calls.

In the same way, Mosleh Uddin, yet another friend of Kamran, was also outwitted by the fraudster.

"Telling the news of his mother’s death, he [imposter] told me to send money,” said Mosle Uddin, “He just played with my emotion."

Mosleh sent Tk25,000. He answered calls from 01300127943, 01300127929, 01723845796, and 01306855362.

Meanwhile, the two victims have filed General Diaries (GD) with Paltan, and Tejgaon police station respectively. Police are investigating the incident, and no one is arrested as yet.

Kamran Ahmed said that he came to know about the scheme intended to deceive his friends using his name from his younger brother Reaz Ahmad.

Kamran suspects that some common acquaintance might have swindled the money as the fraudster know his friends pretty well.

"He has only called my friends, who are very near and dear to me. He even called my younger brother Reaz but did not ask for money from him. It suggests that the imposter knows my family, and friends very well," said Kamran.

Dhaka Tribune made calls to one of those mobile numbers used by the fraudster, the man on the other end firstly refused to acknowledge, but later berated this correspondent, and hung up the call.