A group of 25 Nigerian and Ugandan nationals had been rounded up recently by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for swindling a sum of Rs.50 million from over 15 locals through fake Facebook posts.
Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara stated yesterday that these foreigners were arrested by the CID on charges of financial fraud.
Mr. Gunasekara said the CID launched an investigation following 15 complaints they had received from countrywide, where the complainants had claimed that the said group posing as a cash bonanza scheme had directed them to deposit certain amounts of cash as taxes.
They had approached the complainants saying that they had won a big cash prize and to claim it they have to pay a certain percentage of the prize as taxes and postal charges to the Ministry of Finance.
Also the group had cited several bank accounts to deposit the required amounts where the locals had done so. The racketeers had then reportedly withdrawn those amounts amounting to Rs.50 million and disappeared.
The bank accounts to which the locals had deposited the money had been operated by a group of Sri Lankans who were tricked by the foreigners to scandalous operation. The remitted money had been withdrawn by the fraudsters.
The Police Spokesman warned the general public not to be deceived by those involved in such cyber crimes. Mr. Gunasekara also requested the public to be vigilant when using Facebook and other Social Media sites, especially when dealing with unknown friends on those sites. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
SL Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:31
Why these scammers are in this country,whole world knows that Africans are doing this business ,Educate people through mainstream media rather than telecasting down grade movies
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Mandy Wednesday, 28 June 2017 07:18
Surely - a group of Sri Lankans who were tricked by the foreigners - these locals are not fools but have been accessories to the crime very knowingly and should be charged for the crime same as the foreigners.
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Srilankan Wednesday, 28 June 2017 07:48
If you are wanting to be cheated then.... its not the authorities fault.... its the fault of the individual..... too much of anything is good for nothing...... there should not be any pity for such individuals who use social media without brains!!!!
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Sri Lankan Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:16
Are we so foolish!!?
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kapila Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:48
These scams first started when email became popular over 18 years ago. The victims should be arrested for greed and stupidity first.
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joshuA Wednesday, 28 June 2017 09:08
Sri Lankans are fools to be deceived by these characters. In any case well done CID and Police. They will bust anything. They have been doing a wonderful job.
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Samp Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:20
Sri Lankans dont think anything is a scam. Everything is Sanhidiyawa for them.
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Peet Thursday, 29 June 2017 06:21
Desperate people are easy targets.
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