Five online multi-level marketing companies (MLMs) have fled with about Tk 100 crore deposited by several thousand clients.
Many field officials of those companies have left their parental residences to avert wrath of the people falling victim to fraudulence.
The companies are Affari Track Limited, Skylancer.com, Dulencer.com, B.D. Click.com and Quick Pay.com.
To lure people, particularly students, the authorities of those companies offered lucrative opportunities that one could earn Tk 10,000-Tk 15,000 per month from home by only clicking on advertisements of some foreign companies.
The company officials also said they had contracts with a good number of foreign companies, including Amazon.
"As per contract, we would click on their product menus through online and they would pay us commission," a client quoted a company official as saying.
By clicking 10 minutes on product menus, a client would be able to earn one US dollar. The amount would gather in his or her ID number, which would be opened with any of those companies.
Besides, MLM officials said, the clients would be trained in spoken English and information technology without any fee.
But before doing it, any person, eager to avail of the opportunities opened up, would have to follow some methods--filling up form-- opening an ID paying Tk 7,500 in their web sides.
Thousands of people opened IDs, paying Tk 7,500 each.
At first they were paid commission money. Later, the authorities of the said companies fled away embezzling the clients' money.
Some clients of Affari Track.com alleged that this company officials fled a few months ago with their deposited money, amounting to Tk 24 crore.
Affari Track.com was formerly launched on January 18 in 2012 in the city. Luring the people of all ages, gender, race and religion, the company sold out 30,000 IDs. Many opened 1-50 IDs.
The clients were offered by the company an extra 10 per cent payment if they could add new clients.
But a few months ago, the office of the company at West Panthpath was found locked, according to its clients.
The mobile numbers of its Chairman Jamshed Hossain, who used to introduce himself as a retired Major, Managing Director Khandaker Ishraf Rocky, Cashier Mohammad Ratul and IT In-Charge Mohammad Shafiqur Rahman were found switched off.
Mohammad Akkas Ali, a victim, said, he opened an account in the company's web side by paying Tk 7,500 and earned Tk 1600 in the first month.
"After one month I opened another 11 accounts or IDs in exchange for Tk 82,500 and earned Tk 10,000 in the next month".
"But I found the office locked the following month", he said.
Akkas said Affari's Chairman Zamshed, hailing from Chittagong, lives in the capital city's Banani area. He also used to introduce himself as President of Chittagong REHAB. MD Rocky lives at 22/2 North Dhanmondi and his home district is Rangpur.
Mohammad Sohel, another victim, said he and his down line clients opened 200 IDs through the web-side of the company. Tajul Islam, Yasin, Majibur Rahman, Nazmul, Mahi and Shawon opened IDs with it.
When contacted over mobile phones, Rocky's SIMs were found out of service.
So are the experiences of Dulencer.com clients. They opened IDs with the company's web-site by paying Tk 7,500 each. Some months after being paid a sum of money, these clients were asked by the company officials to collect a 10 percent commission. And they convinced many to be enrolled.
"By this way, I deposited Tk 1.8 lakh of 24 people with the company account. When its officials fled away in 2013, I was obliged to pay the money taken from the 24 persons", said Nasrin Akhter, a resident at Kamrangirchar.
"Our company sold about 30,000 IDs," Nasrin quoted the company's Managing Director Rokon U Ahmed as saying.
Nasrin further informed this correspondent that the MD of Dulencer.com claimed himself as the best friend of Destiny Group Managing Director Rafiqul Amin.
"I filed a case against Sultan under whom I worked, and others with Dhaka Judge Court", she said.
A number of clients of B.D. Click said that some 25, 000 IDs were sold by the company. Each was Tk 7,500-8,000.The company office was at Dhanmondi.
"Just the day before the company officials escaped, it arranged a meeting at an auditorium at Dhanmondi. Then its managing director said that his company had a contract with a big Chinese company. The clients would be benefited more", said Mohammad Hanif, a student of Metropolis Degree College.
Clients of Skylencer.com filed a decisive case with the Kalabagan police station in January this year against its owner Saiful Islam on charge of embezzling several crores of taka from them.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of this police station confirmed the matter to the Daily Observer.
He also said that cases were also filed against some other MLM companies before his joining the police station. Quick Pay also embezzled over Tk 20 crore from its several thousand clients.