Abuse of StreamKar App

Tk 300m laundered in one year: CID

Staff Correspondent

11 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

More than Tk 300 million has been laundered through 15 bank accounts and some bKash accounts of about 17 agents of StreamKar App in the last one year, said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Police.

The money has been earned through the ugly use of the app and then laundered at home and abroad.

Meanwhile, the Cyber Police Centre (CPC) Division of the CID arrested two of the agents — Nidhu Ram Das and Farid Uddin — from Gowainghat upazila in Sylhet on Wednesday night.

Md Kamrul Ahsan, additional deputy inspector general of the CPC, briefed reporters on this matter at the CID Headquarters in the capital on Thursday.

He said that of the money, Tk 100 million was laundered through bank and bKash accounts of Nidhu Ram and Tk 30 million through the accounts of Farid.

The police seized some bank cheque books, debit cards, bKash account numbers and mobile phone sets from the arrestees, the officer said.

After scrutiny into the seized things and numbers, the CID found information about laundering of Tk 300 million, he added.

On May 19, the Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) of police arrested four agents of StreamKar App from Dhaka and Noakhali.

Later, a case was filed against the four with Savar Model Police Station under the Digital Security Act-2018’s section No.24 (2)/26(2)/30(2). Afterwards, the case was handed over to the CPC.

During investigation, the CPC men came to know about the latest arrestees.

StreamKar App is a foreign live video chatting social media site. There are two kinds of IDs--Host ID and User ID—in the app.

He said the agents recruit beautiful and smart young girls, particularly college and university students, and celebrities. A Host ID is opened against each girl. The Host ID holders are assigned to make friends with men virtually.

According to the officer, the interested men have to open User ID to do live video chats with the Host ID holders. In case of video chatting, the User ID holders have to buy beans, which is a virtual currency, from the beans agencies and pay to Host ID holders as a so-called gift.

One lakh beans equals to Tk 1,020. The beans agencies have to buy the cyber currency beans from the admin of StreamKar app.

A User ID holder needs more than one lakh beans to do live video chat with a Host ID holder per day.

When the User ID holder sends one lakh beans to a Host ID holder for the video chat, the virtual currency beans turns into one lakh gems. Tk 600 equals one lakh gems.

It means the admin of the app takes Tk 400 against 1,000. While the rest 600 as gems against 1,000 (one lakh beans) is taken by a beans agency.  And the agency men pay a commission, which they call salary, to a Host ID holder monthly.

The transaction of money is an offence under the Money Laundering Prevention Act-2012, the officer said, adding that they will file money laundering cases against the arrested agents.

Last month, Md. Mahiduzzaman, superintendent of police (Cyber Crime) of the Anti-Terrorism Unit, at a press briefing said they came to know that the beans agencies recruited about 1,000 beautiful girls as Host ID holders while there are several thousand User ID holders in the country.