Esahara News Desk: Millions of rupees are getting lost in the digital fraud trap. Digital transactions are increasing in the country. This medium is gradually becoming popular as it is cashless. At the same time, digital fraud is also increasing. Fraudsters are constantly changing their tactics and looting lakhs of rupees. Many people are sitting on the road looking for money. Mobile banking, agent banking as a means of digital transactions is quite advanced. Card transactions have also increased more than before. However, the gang is choosing mobile banking as the main tool for extorting money. About 32 percent of the cyber crime cases this year are fraud.
Police say that although there is surveillance on social media, as these means of digital fraud are private, the scope of police surveillance is very low. Due to lack of this opportunity, there may be cheating in these mediums.
On the morning of August 19 this year, Jamal Hossain’s Bikash number received a call from an unknown person’s number. On receiving the phone it says from the other end, your Bkash account has been closed. Bikash will settle the account over the phone from the office. Then he got a call on his number with the identity of the development office worker. When asked to give information to another number, he gave personal development account information through message. If asked for verification code, Jamal also told. After that the fraudster withdrew 2 lakh 24 thousand from his development.
In this regard, Jamal Hossain told Jago News that my elder sister is a cancer patient. The younger brother sent money to Vikas from outside the country. Some money was deposited by others and I also had some money. Suddenly a phone call came. If you ask for a verification code about the account problem, I will give it to you. Later I saw that the money was withdrawn from the account. Those who had money now have to pay me that money too.
There is an awareness campaign on behalf of mobile banking institution development to avoid fraud. The company never wants to know the pincode, password of any customer. Yet people fall into the trap of the deceiver.
According to the sources of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) DB Cyber and Special Crime Division, till July 2022, out of 98 cases in Cyber and Special Crime Division, 32 cases were only for fraud. That is 31.64 percent of the total cases.
Fraudsters use various tactics including intimidation for financial fraud. On August 19 this year, Dhaka Metropolitan Detective (DB) Gulshan Division arrested the mastermind of a fraud ring along with his accomplices from Mymensingh. “Your son has been caught with drugs” a mother received a call in the identity of the detective police. It is said that he will be released if he pays 60,000 rupees. The mother, a doctor by profession, sent a total of 30,000 to 60,000 taka to the ‘cash’ account of the person identified by the police without any verification to save her son.
Not only this mother, the gang stole money from many others in this way. They mainly target parents of college and university students. Among the victims of fraud are doctors, university teachers and engineers. Women are the most victims of fraud.
According to the detective police, in the last 14 months, the person named Binyamin, a member of the gang, made a transaction of 1 crore 16 lakh rupees in Bikash and cash. Cash and development numbers were collected from different places in Dhaka and those numbers were used to collect fraudulent money. The gang used to cheat six days a week except Friday. On an average, they used to grab one and a half to two lakh taka per day. In order to cheat, the gang would pretend to be a senior police officer and tell the guardian if he was a boy, ‘about detention with drugs’, to release him, he would have to send Bikash or one lakh in cash immediately. If it was a girl, it would be said – ‘Your daughter has been caught by the police for anti-social activities, one lakh will be required’.
The type of fraud is constantly changing. The police also adopted new security strategies for the safety of citizens. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Joint Police Commissioner Biplab Bijay Talukder told Jago News that it is a personal responsibility first. So the person has to be aware first. And whenever such incidents happen, the police should be informed. The police have an ICT wing which deals with these. Although there is surveillance on social media, as these channels of digital fraud are private, there is very little scope for police surveillance. Due to lack of this opportunity, there may be cheating in these media. However, apart from informing the law enforcement agencies, people need to be aware. We are made aware of this in our bit policing.
Social and crime expert Touhidul Haque told Jago News that financial fraud on digital platforms is not new, but it happens from time to time. Marginalized people, women or less educated people are victims of such fraud because they believe in some psychological issues. Prevention of digital fraud requires awareness at the individual level first.
He said that the process of how to recover the money if a victim of fraud is not clear. Again, we do not see that the law and order forces take appropriate steps to collect the money successfully. We do not see the place to counter the technological know-how of the criminal gang with technology. Again there is no proper law to suppress these crimes. Then the assistance of the law should be taken. Such crimes are prevalent due to lack of exemplary punishment. Source: Jago News.
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