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Money laundering thru online gambling goes unabated

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 16th September, 2021 12:54:56 PM
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Money laundering thru online gambling goes unabated

Huge money is being laundered from the country through online gambling and abuse of various apps.

Detective Branch of DMP arrested three gamblers from Demra area in the capital in connection with the online gambling on Tuesday.

The arrestees were identified as Delwar Hossain (45), Mohiuddin (33) and Jamal Mia (25).

Police said that the country is losing hundreds of core taka for the gambling which taking place by abuse of Beatcoin and cryptocurrency apps.

Earlier on May 19, the Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) of the police arrested four members of an online gambling ring after conducting raids at different areas of the capital.

Deputy Commissioner HM Azimul Haque of Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police's Ramna division said gamblers pay local agents of the apps through mobile banking after registering by e-mail. The local agent converted the money into dollars after keeping his commission. Then the money went to the hand of master agent in abroad. And this is how money is being smuggled abroad through online gambling.

According to ATU, the app called StreamKar is banned in Bangladesh but is being used through VPN. Although a handful of people are involved in its use in the country, bit millions of Bangladeshis are using without any knowledge about it.

Mohammad Aslam Khan, superintendent of police (media and awareness) of the ATU, said the StreamKar app have a variety of online gaming options including group chat, leap sing, dance, story, poetry recitation. This social networking app has two types of IDs. One is the user ID and other is host ID. Users usually use this app to chat with beautiful girls and celebrities and hosts host this app through a hosting agency. Beautiful girls and celebrities usually open the host ID through this agency.

ATU's Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Mahiduzzaman said taht there are 11 agents of this app in Bangladesh. They trade digital or virtual currency. Millions of Bangladeshi users are buying digital or virtual currency through various mobile banking services including bkash, rocket, cash, hundi, hawala, cryptocurrency and a foreign private bank. Through which hundreds of crores of taka are being smuggled every month.

“The ATU has been working for long to prevent online fraud and digital currency smuggling”, he said.