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Six arrested for deceiving job seekers

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  • 16 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Six arrested for deceiving job seekers

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Six fraudsters have been arrested in the capital for allegedly taking money from a large number of job seekers in the name of giving them job.

SI and O (Organised Crimes) unit under Dhaka Metro South of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) caught them from Dhaka Udyan and Mohammadi Housing areas in the capital’s Mohammadpur on Saturday.

The arrestees are Firoz alias Shahrukh Islam, 29, Abdul Kuddus, 34, Mainul Islam, 34, Billal Hossain, 41, Tawqir Ahmed, 26 and Kafil Uddin Chowdhury, 60.

Additional SP Saroar Zahan, also chief of the SI and O (Organised Crimes) unit, briefed reporters on it at his office at Banasree on Sunday.

The officer said they were the members of an organised gang led by Firoz, which cheated huge job seekers in the name of giving them government and private jobs. Mainul once became a victim in the hand of the Firoz-led cycle, but he was later involved in the group.

They circulated advertisements on some national dailies asking for candidates for various posts of Union Health Community Clinic, Sukhi Paribar, Ma-O-Shishu Shastha Kendra, Apollo Consumers Products and some other names.

When anybody applied for any post, they mailed the candidate, stating that s/he was selected for the post. And they asked him or her to send an amount of money to their given bKash number.

“After taking money, the members of the syndicate began misbehaving with the job seekers whenever they contacted the gang,” he said.

“The cheats took Tk 12 lakh from some victims through two bKash numbers in the last three months. They have a large number of bKash numbers through which they collected money from the victims,” he said.

The PBI officer said that after passing master’s degree, Fazlul Karim, a victim, sent his CV for the post of programmer officer at Union Health Community Clinic on June 28.

According to the police officer, next day, the fraudsters sent a SMS to him, saying he was selected for the post. He was then asked to pay Tk 1,940 through a bKash number. After sending the amount, they sent a money receipt, an appointment letter and a final elected form to the mail of the job seeker. On June 30, the fraudsters told him that he would be given a laptop and some medical equipment in free of costs, but he would just have to pay Tk 4,080 as VAT.

However, Fazlul did not pay the money as he could realise that he was deceived. He complained to the police about the matter.