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ATM card forgery: Turkish national, another remanded

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ATM card forgery: Turkish national, another remanded

ATM card forgery: Turkish national, another remanded

Two members of an international ATM card cloning scam syndicate, including its kingpin, have been placed on remand for questioning in connection with their 84 attempts in three days to draw money from different booths of a bank.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Hasibul Huque placed them on a five-day remand on Wednesday (January 19) after they were before before court by investigation officer Mamun-ar-Rashid in a case filed with Paltan Police Station in Dhaka under the Digital Security Act (DSA).

However, no lawyer was present at the court on behalf of the accused.

The remanded accused are Turkish national Hakan Zanburkan and Bangladesh national Md Mofidul Islam. Police said they are the masterminds of  international ATM card cloning scam.  

They were arrested by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) at night on January 18 from Gulshan-1 in Dhaka.

They were identified as Hakan Zanburkan and Md. Mofiul Islam. A total of 17 cards including 15 clone cards, five different brands of mobile phones and a laptop were seized from their possessions.

Later, CTTC's sub-inspector Peter Biswas filed a case against them under the DSA at the Paltan Police Station.

Briefing reporters at DMP Media Cente on Wednesday, the CTTC chief Additional Commissioner of the DMP Md Asaduzzaman said that the arrested Hakan is a citizen of Turkey. He is one of the masterminds of the international ATM card cloning scam.  

He made attempts minimum 84 times to withdraw money from various booths of Eastern Bank Ltd through cloning credit cards of foreign citizens of 40 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, USA, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Germany, Vietnam, United Kingdom, Canada, Bolivia, Spain, Finland and Norway from January 2 to January 4 last, the CTTC chief added.

Eastern Bank Ltd prevented hacking attempts by hackers as it detected the matter through alarm system by using anti-scamming technology, he said.

The CTTC official said Hakan was arrested along with another Turkish national and two Bangladeshis in an ATM scam case at Paltanbazar police station in the Indian state of Assam in 2019. In the incident, they along with Hakan embezzled around Rs 10 lakh using cloning cards from various ATM booths in India.

Hakan managed to escape from the police custody while taking treatment at GB Pant Hospital (GBP HOSPITAL) in Agartala while undergoing treatment in India for about 20 months. Later, with the help of an Indian man, he reached Nepal via Sikkim paying two lakh rupees. From there, he collected travel documents and return to his home country.  

He  visited Bangladesh several times before. The last time Hakan came back to Bangladesh was on December 31, 2021. He  stayed at The Capital Hotel in Dhaka.


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