Criminals cloned the official SIM card of Saidpur upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) on Monday and tried to use it for fraudulence.
The members of the gang called headmasters of different educational institutions and asked them to send money through mobile money transfer service bKash, telling them that they would be provided laptops.
After getting complaints from a number of headmasters, Saidpur UNO SM Golam Kibria filed a general diary (GD) with Saidpur Police Station on Monday night, Officer in Charge of the police station Shahjahan Pasha said.
“A man identifying himself as Saidpur UNO called me and asked me to send Tk 5,000 through bKash,” Headmaster of Baniapara Azizia Government Primary School Illius Hossain said, adding that he also asked him to go to his office and receive a laptop allocated for his institution.
Being suspicious, the headmaster instantly contacted the UNO, who denied making any call and directed him not to pay any money and record the calls.
Saidpur Upazila Primary Education Officer (UPEO) Shahjahan Mondol said after hearing about the phone calls he talked to the UNO and came to know that fraudsters might have cloned his SIM card and tried to use it for criminal purpose.
“To my knowledge no computer has been allocated against any schools in the upazila,” UPEO Shahjahan said.
“I talked to the law enforcement agency members and asked them to trace the culprits,” UNO Kibria said, adding that he also posted a message in his official Facebook page and asked all not to fall in the trap.