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)