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Digital fraud goes unchecked

Digital fraud goes unchecked

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Digital fraudsters are committing different fraudulent activities in the capital and other parts of the country through online platforms.

A good number of digital frauds use technology for fraudulent activities with the flourish of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

From social media to bank money hacking, there is no sector left where fraudsters are not stealing money and information.

Like common fraudsters, educated persons are also getting heavily involved in digital fraudulence.

Information technology (IT) experts said that digital fraudsters steal important information and money, taking advantage of technical weaknesses.

Law enforcement officials said the actual facts of the crime are not known as most of the fraud victims do not want to file cases.

To get rid of fraud, people need more awareness about the use of technology than law enforcement, they suggest.

Many fraudsters are arrested by law enforcers, but they got out on bail within a few days of their arrest and started the same crime again.

Digital fraudsters are deceiving people through various online groups in the name of giving jobs, MLM business, sending abroad at a low cost, winning big prizes on mobile phones, converting money into dollars in magic boxes, selling good products at low prices, leasing land selling plots.

These gangs are stealing money in many sectors, including general banking, mobile banking and agent banking, through hacking.               Once people were digitally cheated by various tricks and false temptations, now educated persons are also becoming victims of digital fraud.

Like ordinary fraudsters, educated persons are also getting heavily involved in digital fraud.

Detectives have found evidence of active involvement in digital fraud in several areas, including Paschimpara of Dumain Union in Madhukhali Upazila of Faridpur.

Cyber security expert Tanvir Hassan Zoha said people should be very careful to use all kinds of technology products, including mobile phones and computers, to avoid fraud.

Confidential information cannot be shared while communicating with anyone. Likewise, without verification do not click the links on social media and websites.

On October 20, RAB personnel arrested eight persons in Mahadevpur upazila of Naogaon on charges of cheating through dating websites and extorting money.

The elite force seized 10 smart phones, 25 SIMs, five memory cards and two credit cards from their possession.

According to the RAB, the accused are committing digital fraud in money transactions through mobile banking by illegally accepting dollars through various apps and groups and converting those dollars into cash.

On September 5, the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested 11 persons, including the mastermind of a parcel fraud gang.

According to the DB, the racket used various methods to collect the Facebook ID, WhatsApp, e-mail addresses of common people and use different identities like US Army, US Navy etc to develop friendly relations with the targeted persons.

At one point in the relationship, they sent pictures of fake parcels, pretending to send gifts of gold, precious stones, diamonds, large sums of foreign currency etc, DB official said.

Social and Crime Expert Tawohidul Haque, assistant professor of the Institute of Social Welfare and Research at University of Dhaka, said, “Once upon a time, cheating was simple. With the passage of time, fraudsters have become more active through digital media. The educated class is also heavily involved in digital fraud. The depression and unhappiness derived from unemployment are responsible for the crime.”

He further said, “Fraud will not stop forever in the society. Due to appropriate use of technology and timely initiatives, the level can be reduced.”

According to the DB Cyber and Special Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, till July 2022, out of 98 cases in Cyber and Special Crime Division, 32 cases were only for fraud. That is 31.64 per cent of the total cases. Similarly, in 2021, the most number of cases were related to fraud.

The Cyber and Special Crimes Division officials said that said to prevent fraud and ensure public safety the government has banned the sale of unregistered SIM cards and has taken various steps to stop the sale of unauthorised mobile handsets. But the most important thing, in this case, is public awareness.

It will not be possible to save yourself from the trap of digital fraud if you are not personally aware of the use of technology products. Similarly, if you are cheated, you should inform law enforcement agencies.

Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of the Legal and Media Wing at RAB, said, “Fraud is by far the most prevalent in online sectors. From buying and selling land to sarees, clothes, jewellery and cosmetics, almost everything is bought and sold online now. Secondly, fraudulence in the name of cooperatives or MLM companies are also very common.”