The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said four members of a gang involved in defrauding mobile banking users of money through cloning of SIM cards have been arrested in Dhaka, Jamalpur and Faridpur.
Those arrested were identified as Shariar Nafiz aka Milton, Md Ripon Mia, Md Yosuf Miah and Mahbub Kazi who was sacked from mobile banking platform bKash.
Among them, Mahbub would be the mastermind of the gang, reports UNB.
Nine mobile phones and 57 SIM cards were also seized from the possession of those arrested during Wednesday’s trips, said Md Rezaul Masud, a special police superintendent at the CID Cyber Police Center at its headquarters in the city on Thursday.
A bKash agent filed a complaint with the CID after receiving a phone call from the bKash DSO office asking him to help them update the information. He further said that the fraudsters embezzled 10,7000 Tk by cloning his SIM card after the bKash agent provided them with a one-time password (OTP).
Following the complaint, CID members in cooperation with the CPC conducted a campaign in Jamalpur district and arrested Milton and Ripon on Wednesday, the CID officer said.
According to information from the duo, Yousuf and mastermind Mahbub were arrested in Mohammadpur and Faridpur of Dhaka in this regard on the same day, he said.
During preliminary questioning, Mahbub confessed to defrauding mobile banking users of Taka 1.50 million through paid-version cloning apps in the past three months, the intelligence officer said.
A case has been filed under the Digital Security Act at Paltan Police Station in this regard, he added.