A group has been cheating some mobile phone users and stealing their money, said a government detective agency.
The agency submitted a report to the Home Ministry in this regard.
In the report it said the gang members introduced themselves as senior officials of call centres of various mobile phone operators over the phone and told the users about their number being selected in the lottery.
They told the users that they have won either money or a car/house or money equivalent to these. Later, they asked the user to flexiload or bKash some cash in order to complete the procedures of acquiring the prizes.
They also gave various codes to the users, dialling them, by which their mobile numbers can be permanently blocked so that they do not have any information with them about the group.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has sent a letter to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to take necessary steps regarding the matter.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) busted one of these groups in a drive on April 29.
RAB's Media Wing Deputy Director Major Maksud Alam told the Bangla Tribune: “The group first collects Digital VIP SIM cards of different mobile phone operators and registers it in their names. Later, they either sell or rent these SIM cards to other such groups.
"However, they disconnect the SIM cards if they cannot come into any conclusion regarding the money for the cards.”
Maksud said: “This trick to take money from the mobile phone users is usually known among themselves in the groups as 'welcome.'
They go to a different area and encash the money sent to them by the users through bKash," he added.