Police have arrested seven owners and executives of three e-commerce sites for embezzling Tk 525 million from customers in the name of delivering air tickets and different products on attractive discounts.
The platforms include www.24tkt.com, Tholay.com and We coom.com.
The arrestees include a member of the board of directors of 24tkt.com Mizanur Rahman Sohel, Head of Operation of both Tholay.com and We coom.com Nazrul Islam and their Account Officer Mohammad Sohel Hossain, Digital Communication Officer Tareq Mahmud Anik, Sales Executive Officer Sazzad Hossain Pias, Call Centre Executive Officer Munna Parves and Supervisor Masum Hasan.
Two separate press briefings by CID Dhaka Metro and Cyber Police Centre (CPC) at the CID headquarters revealed the information on Monday.
Md Kamrul Ahsan, additional DIG (CPC) of the CID, told reporters that the24tkt.com embezzled Tk 500 million from more than 2,000 people in the name of providing cheap air tickets.
He said that Mizanur Rahman Sohel was arrested regarding a case filed by a victim with a police station in the capital.
“The victim has lost Tk 4 million to the e-commerce fraud,” he said, adding that they were trying to arrest the rest of the people involved in the e-commerce scams.
“They took the money from the customers but did not deliver their products,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, CID with support from Bangladesh Bank froze Tk 2 billion of Ring ID, a social media and e-commerce platform.
Kamrul Ahsan, additional deputy inspector general of police at the Cyber Police Centre, revealed the information at a press briefing in the CID headquarters on Monday--- a day after the CPC unit arrested an agent of the platform from the capital’s Kamrangirchar area.
The agent is Redwan Rahman, 22, who embezzled over Tk 10 million.
He said, “Since its launch in 2018, Ring ID realized Tk 250 million to Tk 1 billion from the customers on an average every month.”
The platform has 20 million users, 1.5 lakh brand promoters and 1,000 agents across the country, he said.
In response to a question whether any initiative would be taken to bring back the two owners of the platform from Canada, he said they were trying to do so.
212.45 crore) from around 1, 20,000 people just in three months –May, June and July—alluring them of a handsome monthly return.
“The platform amassed the money in the name of investment in its Community Jobs sector in May, June and July this year and embezzled a large portion of the amount, said Rezaul Masud,” special superintendent of police at Cyber Police Centre of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
On the process of the collection, the officer explained that the platforms circulated advertisements on their social media accounts and other platforms, saying that if anybody would invest Tk 12,000 to 22,000 in the Community Jobs sector, he or she would be paid Tk 7,500 to 15,000 every month as income.
Being allured, a large number of people from different parts of the country began paying money of various amounts as investments.
The e-commerce platform also collected money in the name of donation during the nationwide lockdown enforced for the Covid-19 pandemic. They misappropriated huge money from customers luring them on big discount offers on various products’ sales like the E-orange, E-Valley and some others.
Being cheated, a victim lodged a case mentioning names of 10 owners and executives and 10 to 15 unknown others with Vatara Police Station on September 30. Receiving the investigation duty of the case, the CPC arrested Saiful Islam. The CPC already sent a letter to Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) requesting it to carry out an investigation.