Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested four con artists on charges of defrauding some 200 Bangladeshi expatriates of huge money in the name of sending SMS quickly for receiving Covid-19 vaccine.
The arrestees are Nurul Haque, 47, Saiful Islam, 30, Imran Hossain, 23, and Dulal Mia, 37.
Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director (Legal and Media Wing) of the RAB Headquarters, revealed this at a press briefing in the city on Thursday.
He said the gang took Tk 2,500-Tk 5,000 from each victim.
During primary interrogation, the arrestees said they took position at various hospitals and clinics and assured the expatriates that they would quickly manage to send SMS to their mobile phone numbers so that they could receive vaccines within a short period of time, the RAB officer said.
After being lured, about 200 expatriates living in different countries gave the fraudsters from Tk 2,500 to Tk 5,000 each, he said. Of them, many got SMS for receiving their vaccine doses automatically from the Directorate General of Health Services but the credit went to the cheats while many victims did not get SMS, Al Moin said.
“Nurul was the ringleader of the gang while Saiful and Imran used to manage the fortune seekers at hospitals and clinics. Later, Nurul would receive money from the victims,” he said.