bKash fraud gang members Numbers
Fraudsters are active in the capital as elsewhere in the country promising false offers of mobile money transfer windows, especially bKash.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, arrested several alleged members of bKash fraud gangs from different parts of the county. However, the law enforcers failed to stop them from swindling unsuspecting victims.
Talking to The Daily Observer, a number of victims said the scammers make phone calls to mobile phone customers informing them that they have problems with their bkash account. If they want to keep their account alive, they need to follow their (fraudster) direction.
The thugs sometimes tell the subscribers they have mistakenly sent money to their mobile money transfer window wallets begging for returning the amount following certain instructions. Those who act as per the unknown callers’ instruction lose the money from their original accounts.
It sometimes becomes difficult for the customers to distinguish the fake calls, as the fraudsters send these using advanced technology.
Mostifizur Rahman Sumon, who works with a private company in Dhaka, received a phone call from mobile No 01854820959,01859236747 recently when the caller told him that his bKash account needs to be changed if he wanted to continue his account.
The elite force arrested three people, including two Nigerian nationals, from Sony Cinema Hall area of Mirpur-2 on December 4. Later, they arrested four more Nigerians from Dakkhinkhan and another Nigerian from Pallabi area on December 6 last year.
When contacted, senior police officials said they are taking action against those involved in such crimes. “Awareness among people is a must to check such deceitful activities.” In many cases, he said, a large number of victims show reluctance to file cases after falling prey to such frauds.
Customers of mobile financial services often fall victims to frauds as scammers use various tactics to swindle money from mobile banking accounts.
Although more than half of the banks are operating MFS services, only two service providers- Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd’s Rocket and BRAC Bank’s bKash are dominating the market. There are two things we have to understand, firstly, such kind of fake call and text are generated through illegal ‘masking’ technology and that the fraudster provides all kinds of information about the retailer to blame them. The telecom regulator should check the use of mobile phones in fraudulent activities,” the source said.
According to the latest regulation by Bangladesh Bank, a subscriber can deposit the maximum of Tk 15,000 in mobile wallets while Tk 10,000 can be taken out – down from the previous daily ceiling of Tk 25, 000 for both the purposes. Besides, the Bangladesh Bank directed the mobile financial service providers not to open more than one account with a single national identity card.
Around 25.5 million mobile wallets users make transactions worth Tk 834 crore per day, according to the central bank’s latest data.