Local depositors duped

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By Gandhya Senanayake

Police are on the lookout for two Hong Kong nationals who had defrauded over Rs. 2 million from locals after promising 40% -60% in interest for their deposits but subsequently went missing without paying the depositors. 

The scam commenced just three months ago when a company was set up by the two suspects under the name Jackel Burnham, Northern Europe Groups Limited at the Colombo World Trade Centre West Wing.

Unsuspecting customers were issued cash certificates for their foreign currency deposits and were provided with codes through which they could monitor the growth of their deposits online.

Several professionals and public servants are reported to have been duped by the racketeers and have lost several hundreds of thousands of rupees each.

Unit One of the Fraud Investigations Bureau is conducting further investigations. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 31

  • Dhamsen Saturday, 03 July 2010 04:43 PM

    No treatment for stupidity

    Dhamsen Saturday, 03 July 2010 04:50 PM

    You do stupid things and finally blame the Central Bank

    Practical Sunday, 04 July 2010 11:23 AM

    that was proven at both the last elections!

    ND Saturday, 03 July 2010 05:16 PM

    Greed is a human condition. Sri Lankan nationals cannot claim sole ownership!

    ND Saturday, 03 July 2010 05:19 PM

    Good idea.They should do the same for the people who bought locally assembled cars which were meant for export and tried to defraud the government.

    jamis Sunday, 04 July 2010 05:50 AM

    probly these 2 froudsters bribe some unversity graduate or a well educated person working in the central bank or BOI for the approvel of this company.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 03 July 2010 10:35 AM

    Dont our people learn a lesson at all at least by reading about victims of such schemes. There is nothing called a free lunch and there is a price to pay for everything.

    wijendra Dehipawala Saturday, 03 July 2010 10:52 AM

    Very good lesson for greedy people. Thanhaya Jayathi soko.

    pol mama Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:24 AM

    they will added to the unsolved cases such as SHAKVITH/MR.KOTALAWELA-

    prasad Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:28 AM

    don't spend public money searching for these two guys. Just take a all the depositors to gallface green and let them eat grass there..stupid greedy people.

    Sanje Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:31 AM

    Why Sri Lankans are this stupid?

    ishak Z Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:32 AM

    I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner.We used to write essays like: What I’m going to be if I grow up.

    Get a life people..!!!

    zain Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:42 AM

    This is why ISLAM prohibited taking or giving interest.... which is "HARAM" Hope ppl think whats reality is open up ur minds.

    David Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:49 AM

    Sri Lankan general public must not forget the "Easy come, easy go" funds.

    Ruwan Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:51 AM

    Do not put always blame on central bank and government peopel also need to use their commen sence.

    Prasana Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:54 AM

    Only fools give money for such high return. If people can get 40% to 60% return on investment. Nobody have to work in this world.

    KD Saturday, 03 July 2010 12:03 PM

    Instead use profit. Almost similar but different name. yeah we heard that before.

    Kavitha Saturday, 03 July 2010 12:11 PM

    what to do.. it's our history..!!

    N.C.Wijeratne Saturday, 03 July 2010 12:20 PM

    Must be very good freinds of our Central Bank!

    Rajapaksha Saturday, 03 July 2010 12:22 PM

    After Sakvithi and Ceylinco people should always think twice before selecting a finance company. Why they need to these institutions when we have reputed banks.

    Edwardo Baltazar Saturday, 03 July 2010 01:12 PM

    Our nationals are very greedy and like to earn a bg retun by sitting at home....so this is the result..............

    mw Saturday, 03 July 2010 01:20 PM

    If you want to quote the Buddha with "Thanhaya Jayathi soko", it would be nice if you also showed them some compassion and loving kindness - and not apparently rejoice on their misfortune.

    Ravi Seneviratne Saturday, 03 July 2010 01:31 PM

    That is why we are know as Banana republic,

    Guzban Saturday, 03 July 2010 02:21 PM

    What has Islam got to do with this.... these people were cheated by crooks....

    Thomas Saturday, 03 July 2010 02:36 PM

    Good lesson for the greedy. The Income Tax department crackdown to see how these people come by the funds to deposit with the HK guys, and if all of them are TAX PAYERS. Get them int Tax net.

    Lokumalli Saturday, 03 July 2010 02:37 PM

    And they were stupid and gullible.

    professorabdulmajeed Sunday, 04 July 2010 10:07 AM

    Just another latest racket.

    Lokumalli Saturday, 03 July 2010 02:46 PM

    Look at the name of the company: jackal will burn them. Furthermore, how did those people get into the country--what kind of visas?

    mnsmart Saturday, 03 July 2010 03:21 PM

    Sri Lankas best movie " SO MANY IDIOTS"

    Saradial Saturday, 03 July 2010 03:45 PM

    Exactly this kind of fraud is not 1st time in Sri Lanka

    mike Saturday, 03 July 2010 04:09 PM

    There must be a big businessman Sri Lanka behind this racket like gold quest.Who are the people who approved these type of investment ventures?

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