About Tk15 lakh, 31 mobile phones, 2 laptops, and 120 mobile phone SIM cards acquired by forgery were recovered during the raids
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested 13 members of a mobile banking and debit or credit card forgery ring from Dhaka and Bhanga upazila of Faridpur, early Sunday.
About Tk15 lakh, 31 mobile phones, 2 laptops, and 120 mobile phone SIM cards acquired by forgery were recovered during the raids.
Lt Col Sarwar Bin Kashem, legal and media wing director of RAB, disclosed the information at a press briefing in Dhaka.
Readymade garment workers, small entrepreneurs, and low income and less educated people, were the victims of the forgery ring, he said.
Of the 13 arrested, nine—Nazmul Jamaddar, 19, Hassan Mir, 18, Ibrahim Mir, 18, Touhid Hawladar, 23, Mohon Shikdar, 30, Parvaz Mir, 18, Sohel Molla, 26, Md Delwar Hossain, 35, and Syed Hawlader, 20—are the masterminds of the ring.
Rakib Hossain, 24, Kanchan Hawlader, 26, Palash Talukder, 34, and Md Imon, 25, have also been arrested by RAB-2 and RAB-8.
How the crimes were committed
The members of the ring would misappropriate money from other people’s mobile banking accounts and debit or credit cards.
They would usually send an SMS, call or send an email to the victim, telling them that their card or mobile banking account had been deactivated and detailed info was needed to re-activate it, said Lt Col Sarwar.
Subsequently, the ring would use the victim’s card or mobile banking account for online shopping, buying dollars and bitcoin, gambling, and other activities.
Upon interrogation, it was learned that the ring was working in five groups: hunter, spoofing, fake customer care, money withdrawal, and watchman team, Lt Col Sarwar said.
The hunter team would collect mobile phone numbers and other information on victims from clerks in different offices across the country, mobile banking agents, ready-made garment (RMG) workers, and courier service workers, by giving bribes.
The spoofing team would influence customers by acting as if they were from the mobile banking or debit/credit card company.
The fake customer care agents would talk to customers to collect various information, trying to take control of the mobile banking account or card.
The money withdrawal team would embezzle money once it is transferred to mobile banking agents recruited by the syndicate. The syndicate has agents in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur, Faridpur town, and different parts of Dhaka.
The watchmen group would guard the forgery team, so that they could avoid detection.