The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday arrested 22 people, including 16 Nigerians, from different areas of the capital over their alleged involvement in credit card forgery and various other fraudulent activities through online platforms.
CID's Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Shah Alam has revealed this information during a press conference at its headquarters in Malibag.
They have also seized two laptops, eight mobile phones, one hard disk, 16 cards of different banks, 26 gold boxes along with cash worth Tk1,68,000 from their possession.
Four of the Bangladeshi arrestees are Nizam Uddin, 22, Rehanur Hasan Rashed, 20, Anwar Parvez, 22, and Al-Amin, 22.
Earlier in this month, some consumers of E-commerce site Chaldal.com complained that they had been charged a lot of amount from their international credit cards though they had ordered nothing.
Later, following a complaint lodged by Chaldal.com with the cyber police centre, CID's cyber police started the investigation and found that a group of people had been forging credit cards.
In primary interrogation, the investigators came to know that the fraudsters purchased different products from Aarong and other online shops through international credit cards.
"They used to collect confidential information of an original credit card including the PIN while the cardholder shopped online. Then, they used a duplicate credit card and the PIN of the original card for purchasing items," said Shah Alam.
The accused have already acknowledged their crime and given statements under Section 164 before the court, he added.
Meanwhile, in another incident, the CID has arrested 16 Nigerians in connection with fraudulence after a victim complained regarding deceit in the name of love.
Firstly, they would try to make a good relationship to the opposite sex and then lure them into sending gifts. They send empty boxes through parcels in exchange for money, said Shah Alam.
According to the information given by them, a huge quantity of garment products was found which was fraudulently purchased from a warehouse in Dhaka's Pallabi area.
After reviewing their passports and visas, the CID found that they were staying in Bangladesh with work permits although they claimed to be businessmen.
All the arrestees have been sent to jail after the remand period ended on Thursday.