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RAB detains 3 Cameroonian citizens for ‘magical conversion’ of taka to dollar

  • Published at 12:14 am July 25th, 2019
Cameroonian citizens-Dhaka Tribune
Top: Three Cameroonian citizens accused of defrauding money from business men. Bottom: items the suspects claimed they used to convert taka to dollars Dhaka Tribune

The accused Dongmeza N Guegni, 32, Tchikamen Rodrigue, 31, and Alexandre Mafeja, 48, were arrested from Dhaka’s Dhanmondi and Bashundhara areas

A team of Rapid Action Battalion 4 (RAB-4) has detained three Cameroonian citizens for their alleged involvement in defrauding money from businessmen under the guise of “magically converting” taka into dollars.

The accused Dongmeza N Guegni, 32, Tchikamen Rodrigue, 31, and Alexandre Mafeja, 48, were arrested from Dhaka’s Dhanmondi and Bashundhara areas between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, RAB-4 Commanding Officer (CO) Md Mozammel Haque said the Cameroonians would introduce themselves to targets as foreign businessmen who are interested in a joint venture.

They would also ask victims if they wished to convert taka into dollars, offering to convert a Tk1,000 note as a demonstration.

“They would scrub chemicals on the Tk1,000 note and wrap it in foil paper, before putting it into an electronic device. They would then give the victim a box of dollars,” the CO said.

After earning the faith of the businessmen, the Cameroonians would demand a larger sum for conversion. Once in possession of the money, the conmen would give the victim a box of plane white paper, asking them to open it after 24 hours as the conversion would take some time.

“In the meantime, the conmen would flee with the money,” the RAB-4 CO added.

When asked if any Bangladeshis were involved in the con, the CO said the matter was being investigated.

He added that the amount of money embezzled by the Cameroonians was yet to be determined.

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