Deception through new tactics

Mahabub Alam

13 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

With the passage of time, tactics of cheating are getting new shapes, making people financially vulnerable and keeping law enforcement agencies busy dealing with the growing number of conning cases.

Most of the complaints -- received by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) after the coronavirus outbreak -- are about job, land, business, marriage and migration related cheating, said sources in the two units of police.

Additional Inspector General of Police Barrister Mahbubur Rahman has told the Daily Sun that the incidents of deceiving have increased to a large extent since the outbreak of the coronavirus as people have become unemployed and spent much time online.

Mahbubur Rahman, also chief of the CID, said, “A major portion of the cases, the CID are investigating, were filed on charges of cheating. The cheats are taking the weakness of the existing law as a chance to commit the crimes.”

He said cases against the cheats are generally filed under the Penal Code-1860’s Section No. 406 and 420, which are bailable. The sections should be non-bailable, he said.

“We will meet the Law Minister to request him to make the sections strict aiming to control the offences,” he said.

Take an example of new tactics of cheating, an SSC passed man made a cheating gang and deceived Chairman of Ananda Group Dr Abdullahel Bari of Tk 15 million in the name of giving him a NASA Coin. The same cheat racket embezzled about Tk 40 million from a businessman of Chattogram and two retired senior bureaucrats in the same way.

Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) arrested five members of the racket on January 27. The cheats used wooden coins to deceive them.

In another example, a group of fraudsters opened ‘Seba Ideas and Living Limited (SILL)’ on website and kept photos of various farms and housing projects and cheated over 2,200 people of about Tk 570 million alluring them of double return within two years.

The CID arrested six executives of the fake company from Uttara in the capital on February 8.

On January 17, the Economic and Human Trafficking Team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit arrested one Rubel Ahmed, 36, for cheating many union parishad members and chairmen.

He impersonated as the country director of Canadian Council for International Cooperation and visited from one place to another by a helicopter with escorted by some guards.

Lt Col Ashique Billah, director (legal and media) of the RAB, has told the Daily Sun that with the change of time, the methods of cheating has changed.

“I think the existing law should be applied well to check the cheating committed online and offline.”

Agreeing with the speech of the CID chief, he said that after being unemployed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people chose the path of deceiving to make a quick buck.

Additional DIG of police Md Mozammel Haque, commanding officer of RAB-4, told the Daily Sun that most of the complaints they were receiving were about the cheating related matters.

The officer said the cheats are taking the loophole of the existing laws. The law should be updated, he added.

DIG of police Banaj Kumar Majumder, chief of the PBI, told the Daily Sun that they were investigating huge number of critical cheating incidents.