May 19, 2016 - 11:58am
After the arrest of a Chinese citizen over an ATM fraud, Prime Bank has said two other foreigners, apparently Chinese, drew over Tk 500,000 from two other booths in Dhaka.
Prime Bank officials said they contacted MasterCard Inc after the suspected frauds used 11 cloned cards for the swindle on Wednesday.
Citing MasterCard authorities, the bank's Vice-President Md Moniruzzaman told bdnews24.com the accounts used in the fraud are of Saudi Arabian Riyad Bank.
Prime Bank caught and handed 38-year-old Zou Jian Hui, purportedly a Chinese national, to RAB after his unusually lengthy transactions at a booth in Elephant Road had aroused suspicion on Wednesday morning.
Moniruzzaman said Hui drew Tk 66,000 using two cards five times.
Two other foreigners drew Tk 500,000 from two other booths at Pantha Path and Farmgate using nine cards 29 times, he said.
The bank official said all the transactions took place between 6:17am and 6:40am.
RAB-2 Commander Lt Col Md Mohiuddin said the two cards used by Hui, who came to Bangladesh as a tourist on Sunday, had nothing written on them.
He said his force has collected video footages of the transactions and launched a manhunt for the two other foreigners.
An ATM fraud involving four banks in Dhaka was revealed in February. Bangladesh Bank said the fraudsters drew over Tk 2 million cloning 36 cards of these banks.
Four officials of a bank and a foreigner were held over the fraud.