The gang used to create bKash/Rocket accounts using the pre-activated SIM and NID of the customer and sell those SIMs at a higher price
A Cyber Crime Investigation Division team under the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit (CTTC) has arrested five members of a mobile banking fraud ring through separate operations across the country.
“The arrested cheats were engaged in a fraudulent ring and embezzled money through mobile banking and various criminal activities,” CTTC Chief and Additional Commissioner of Police Md Asaduzzaman told on Wednesday.
He said the CTTC has been working to identify criminals wherever they are engaging in any kind of criminal activity, militancy, cybercrime, or other offences by using modern devices.
“We are on alert. Vigilance has been made stronger everywhere to identify and detain criminals,” Asaduzzaman said.
According to CTTC’s Cyber Crime Investigation Department, the arrestees used to collect pre-activated SIMs having mobile banking accounts from different parts of the country.
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Later, they could supply it to various fraudsters at a high price which was used in various criminal activities including crimes related to mobile banking.
Even the money collected through mobile banking fraud was sent to the arrested persons and they would send it back to the fraud gang keeping a certain amount as commission, it said.
According to statements from the arrestees, when anyone comes to buy a SIM with a smart identity card, the arrested cheats picks up two SIMs without the buyer’s knowledge, and keep one for themselves.
At the same time, they used to create bKash/Rocket accounts using the pre-activated SIM and NID of the customer. They also took advantage of the customer's ignorance who came to buy a SIM and took fingerprint.
A case has been filed with the Jatrabari police station against them.