• Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
  • Last Update : 05:12 am

More e-commerce scams exposed: 6 officials of Tholay.com, WeCoom.com detained

  • Published at 06:01 pm October 11th, 2021
Logos of Tholay.com and WeCoom.com

These online platforms took advance payments from customers by offering attractive discounts but failed to supply the products

Members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police have detained six officials of Tholay.com and WeCoom.com on the charge of embezzlement of Tk2.5 crore.

They were held after an aggrieved customer lodged a complaint with the police against the two e-commerce platforms on the charge of fraud.

Imam Hossain, additional deputy inspector general of CID, confirmed the matter to reporters at CID headquarters on Monday.

The detainees are Nazrul Islam, head of operations of Tholay.com and WeCoom.com, Sohel Hossain, 27, accounts officer of the firms, Tarek Mahmud Anik, 28, digital communication officer, Sazzad Hossain alias Piash, 27, sales executive officer, Munna Pervez, 26, call centre executive officer and Masum Hasan, 27, supervisor.

The CID team also recovered some documents of agreement, bank cheques, photocopy machines, registrars and currency counting machines from the office. 


Also Read - e-CAB suspends rogue e-commerce platforms


Imam Hossain said the e-commerce platforms allured customers with many discounts and offers and swindled Tk2.5 crore from them, he said.

Khairul Alam Mir, 27, the customer who complained, said that the companies offered many products at lucrative prices and promised that they would ensure delivery of their products within 30 days but failed to do that.

The scams of e-commerce platforms surfaced recently with the detection of fraudulence by a number of e-commerce firms, including Evaly and E-orange.

These online platforms took advance payments from customers by offering attractive discounts but failed to supply the products.

Evaly

Evaly CEO Mohammad Rassel and his wife Shamima Nasrin were arrested after a customer, Arif Baker, lodged a case with Gulshan police station against them and few other company executives of embezzlement of money.

Sub-inspector Ahidul Islam, also the investigating officer of the case, said the case was registered over the allegation of embezzlement of money and fraudulence.


Also Read- Commerce Ministry seeks details of liabilities assets of 4 online shops


The Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU), an arm of the Bangladesh Bank that specializes in financial crime investigations, directed all the commercial banks and financial institutions through a common letter on August 27 to freeze all the bank accounts operated by top executives of Evaly.

The Directorate of National Consumer Right Protection, a department under the Commerce Ministry, received allegations from consumers about “cheating” by Evaly.

Bangladesh Bank officials said one of the major allegations against Evaly is forcing its consumers to deposit their money in the e-wallet of the firm which was totally illegal.

E-orange

On September 2, a Dhaka court sent virtual outlet E-orange shop owner Sonia Mehzabin, her husband Masukur Rahman and, Chief Operating Officer Aman Ullah to jail in a fraud case filed over embezzlement of Tk1,100 crore from consumers.

On August 23, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Morshed Al Mamun Bhuiyan placed the accused on a five-day remand in the case.

On August 17, the court sent them to jail rejecting their bail prayers when they surrendered to Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Abubakar Siddique's court.

On August 16, an aggrieved customer of E-Orange, Md Taherul Islam, filed a fraud case with Gulshan police in presence of 37 other customers who testified against the accused.

53
Facebook 51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail