Frauds decamp with depositors' money
Aggrieved depositors laid a siege to the house of Unipay2u agent in Sundarganj upazila under Gaibandha district on Saturday afternoon demanding immediate return of their deposit.
Ismail Hossain Shaon opened Swarna Enterprise at Sundarganj upazila town as an agent of Unipay2u and started collecting money from depositors by offering very attractive benefit packages, locals said.
Giving assurance that the depositors will get double their money by ten months, Ismail was able to collect crores of taka from about two thousand depositors, they alleged.
With the hope of getting huge profit, people collected money from various sources including sale of landed property to 'invest' in the NGO project.
They became worried when the government imposed restrictions on the activities of Unipay2u following its dubious activities.
Depositors strongly demanded return of their money from the agent but in vain.
Around two months ago, agent Ismail Hossain and other employees of Unipay2u upazila office Swarna Enterprise fled away after locking the office fearing wrath of depositors.
"I have sold landed property and deposited Tk 20,000 to Unipay2u with the hope of double profit, but I am now totally ruined," said Naya Mia of Santiram village in Sundarganj upazila.
"The future of my invested money is uncertain, as the agent of Unipay2u fled away," said Abu Raihan, an employee of Sundarganj municipality.
Several others including Abu Sayeed and Sultan Mahmud said they also gave money to the agents of Unipay2u to get handsome profits but they are now worried about recovery of the money.
The upazila administration has deployed police to avert any unwanted situation.
Action will be taken against the culprits as soon as they are found involved, said Sundarganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shamsul Alam.