Bank officials & travel agencies are linked with ATM card forgery

Bank officials & travel agencies are linked with ATM card forgery


Investigators found some names of suspected bank officials, travel agencies and traders in connection with ATM card forgery.Talking to reporters at DMP media centre, Additional Commissioner and head of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of DMP Monirul Islam on Thursday said the detectives have already got the names after grilling the three city bank officials and one citizen of Poland, who were arrested from Gulsan area of the city on February 22 in connection with ATM card forgery.

The arrestees– Piotr Szczepan Mazurek alias Thomas, the national of Poland, an east Europe country, Moksed Al alias Maksud, Rezaul Karim alias Sahin, Refaz Ahmed alias Rony, officials of City Bank—are being interrogated by the detectives under a 6-day police remand as a Dhaka court here on Monday placed them for the remand after they were produced before the court.

The CTTC unit chief said they have been scrutinizing the informations given by the four arrestees. After confirmation, the detectives will go on operation to arrest the culprits.

The ATM card forgery was committees with a nexus—officials of Card Division of banks, trading houses and members of international frauds syndicate, Monirul added.

Earlier on February 12, the authorities of the United Commercial Bank (UCB) filed a case with Banani Police station as at least Tk 1.26 lakh was misappropriated through ATM card forgery recently. Later, the cases was transferred in DB police.

On February 13, the Bangladesh Bank asked several banks to block around 200 ATM cards believed to have been read by “skimming devices” during February 7-9.

On February 17, the DB claimed that a citizen of an Eastern European country was suspected to be involved in the ATM card forgery as they had identified the faces of 4-5 foreigners from video footage.


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