Police arrested three members of a cheating racket that swindled a big number of students and guardians out of about Tk 50 lakh alluring them of providing stipends and grant-in-aid for Covid-19 pandemic.
The members of Lawful Interception Cell (LIC) of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested the three — Ashiqur Rahman, 25, the ringleader, Saiful Sardar, 30 and Moktar Hossain, 34 — from Jatrabari in the capital and Bhanga in Faridpur on Tuesday. Mukta Dhor, special superintendent of police (LIC) of the CID, briefed this to reporters at the CID headquarters in the city on Wednesday.
On the process of cheating, the officer described that they work in three groups.
The first group tactfully collects mobile phone numbers of students and guardians from mobile banking agent shops and sends those to the second group, she said.
The second group contacts the people ,whose numbers have been collected, and takes their pin codes in the name of sending stipends and financial assistance, said the CID officer.
After taking the pin codes, the group sends those to the third group which observes when the money be cash in the collected mobile numbers.
When the money cashes in, the third group withdraws the money. And thus the cheats swindled many people out of about Tk 50 lakh in the last two to three years, said Mukta.