For many people, a job in the Customs department is a dream come true. Taking advantage of the massive unemployment situation amongst graduates in the country, this paper has found a number of people who have been conned out of their savings with the promise of a job in Chattogram Customs. The sophistication of the racket is an eye-opening experience. Victims of the scam have even been visited by representatives claiming to be policemen to verify the documentation they submitted as part of their application. The whole act is geared towards winning the trust of the victim to the point when money is transferred to a certain account, which is basically bribe money that would ensure their placement.
This racket came to light only when these people went to join their positions in Customs offices where they found out that their documents, including the health certificate issued from the Civil Surgeon’s Office in Lalmonirhat for one person hailing from that area, were clever forgeries. What is interesting here is that they all had to go through written and verbal examinations and these were held in government schools to give the air of legitimacy. This paper has talked to several young men, who had sold their ancestral property and/or borrowed the money to pay for the services rendered by these conmen.
The police need to undertake an investigation into this matter seriously and catch these con artists even if no victim files a case of their own accord. The police must also try to find out if there are any criminal elements within the customs department who have colluded with these conmen to dupe young people. The lure for a government job will always be high for the unemployed and given the level of sophistication this criminal syndicate has displayed, we can be sure that this is only the beginning of their nefarious activities. The law enforcement authorities have a responsibility to file cases against such criminals to protect public interest and bring the perpetrators to justice.