Credit Card Fraud: 16 Nigerian Nationals held in Bangladesh
Cyber police teams of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have captured 22 alleged frauds including 16 Nigerian nationals, in connection with two fraudulent activities.
Furthermore, four of the arrestees are members of an international gang who have been using
international credit cards of foreigners to purchase unique items in Bangladesh from various online shopping sites, officials said.
“This is for the first time we have got hold of such a fraud gang in Bangladesh
that has members in different countries,” CID’s Deputy Inspector General Shah Alam told The Daily Star yesterday.
“Our investigation reveals that the arrested gang members have so far used
over 100 international credit cards from different foreign countries like Brazil and Germany.
Sometimes they were unsuccessful,”
CID’s Additional Special Superintendent Kamrul Ahsan said.
He said through their members abroad;
the frauds received a PIN and other necessary information on the cards and used many of those for online shopping in Bangladesh.
“We are still investigating how they managed the PIN
and other confidential information of those international credit cards,” he said.
As the cardholders received the message they used their cards in purchasing items from a Bangladeshi online grocery
and food products provider, they informed the shopping site, which lodged a complaint with police, he added.
DIG Shah Alam said they started an investigation receiving a complaint from the well-known product delivery service
and arrested the four fraudsters from Mirpur and Mohammadpur on July 6.
They are Mizanur Rahman (22), Rehanur Hasan Rashed (20),
Anwar Parvez (22), and Al-Amin (22).
Three of them were involved in credit card forgery while one used to receive unique items, CID said.
All four were college or university-educated and had expertise in IT.
One of them even worked in a government IT project, CID said.
Police seized two laptops, eight phones, a computer hard drive, 16 cards of different banks,
26 boxes for keeping gold ornaments, and Tk 1.68 lakh in cash.
Following the arrests, we filed a case against them with Banani Police Station under the Digital Security Act.
The four also made confessional statements before a Dhaka court admitting their involvement in the crime.
Nigerian nationals held for fraud
Eighteen people, including 16 Nigerian nationals, arrested in the capital’s Pallabi area on charges of attempting to grab
an enormous amount of money from a Facebook friend, CID disclosed in a press release yesterday.
They became Facebook friends with a Bangladeshi citizen and offered to send expensive gifts free of cost through the parcel.
Then one of their gang members pretended to be a customs official and asked for TK 45,000 to release the package.
As the victim paid the money, the imposter then asked for TK 2.5 lakh to release the parcel.
Furthermore, he threatened that if she doesn’t send the money, the victim will face a case under
Customs Act and Money Laundering Act as the package contained foreign currency, CID said.
As the victim informed the matter to the cyber police team of CID, they launched an investigation
and arrested the 18 alleged fraud gang members, said DIG Shah Alam.
The arrestees are Imran Hossain, Harunur Rashed, Nigerian nationals Chimezie Oyema, Agina Chukwujekwu, Chimaobi Attah Gabrial,
Kenechuku Stanley, Okeke Celestine Abuchi, Uzoegbo Samuel Ekene,
Ufochukwu Tochukwu Uchenna, Obuka Sunday Emmanuel, Ndommadu
Chineda, Enugwulike Anthony Okwudiri, Chibuife Ezeonyi Obinwanne,
Ugochukwu Darlington Chikelu, Kenechukwu Charles Onwuachu, Ozo
Rmgbo Henry Ejike, Chibuzor Nwaneti Victor and Anoruka Ginika Francis.
Also, Police recovered Tk. 7.22 lakh, 29,000 Nigerian currency, and an immense quantity of garments products.
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