Defence Ministry cautions public on mobile-based cash transfer scam
Posted on May 11th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana

The Defence Ministry has urged the public to be aware of an ongoing scam using a mobile-based digital e-wallet cash transfer system and ransom by threatening individuals.

It has been revealed that an organized group is operating a mobile-based cash transfer scam to take ransom by urging them to pay money to take their names out from some on-going criminal investigations, stated the ministry.

This was brought to the attention of Defence Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne by the Police at a recent meeting held with top defense officials at the ministry.

According to Police, the fraudsters had called individuals, threatening and demanding them to pay between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 50,000 using mobile cash transfer systems.

We are investigating such incidents which tantamount to ransom using mobile cash transferring systems but people have to be more mindful about these scams,” the Defence Secretary said.

He said some individuals had been urged to pay Rs. 25,000 to fraudsters using a mobile digital cash transfer system to get their names out from the on-going inquiry on the Easter Sunday attack.

Separately, Major General Gunaratne has also instructed the Police to investigate such scams operating from prison cells to get ransom from family members of suspects in remand prison by impersonating as police and making them pay hefty amounts using the same mobile cash transferring systems.

The Defence Ministry requests the public to complain to the nearest police station or contact 119 if they have been approached by such fraudsters.

The Defence Secretary said the Ministry would take stern legal action against those fraudsters and also those who have links to this scam.

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