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Bangladesh police crackdown on ‘kings of genies’ 孟加拉警方破獲「精靈王」詐騙集團

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Police in northern Bangladesh say they have arrested dozens of swindlers who conned people out of money by calling them on mobile phones and pretending to be genies with supernatural powers.

“It has become an epidemic here,” said Farhad bin Imrul Kayes, police chief of Gobindaganj district.

“In the last three months alone we have arrested 24 of these so-called ‘kings of genies,’ some of whom have even become rich in just a year,” he told AFP.

The scammers would gather personal information about their victims beforehand, call them and speak “in a tone similar to Arabic,” Kayes said.

Claiming to be genies who had descended from the sky, they would tell people to send money to a specific location, threatening a family tragedy if they disobeyed.

“Many of the these cheats are illiterate but they are very smart,” said sub-inspector Abdun Nur, who led several clandestine operations against the fraudsters.

“During the phone talks, they would describe themselves as kings of genies who recite Koranic verses, put the fear of God into their victims and pretend to know some of their family secrets,” he said.

The police cracked down after receiving numerous complaints and used phone taps to identify Gobindaganj district as the source of all the calls.

(AFP)

孟加拉北部警方表示,他們已逮捕了多位詐騙份子,這些人佯裝成有超能力的精靈,打手機給被害民眾詐財。

高比達岡區分局警察局長法哈德.賓.伊姆魯.凱亞斯說:「這種詐騙手法在本區越來越常見。」

「光是最近這三個月來,我們就逮捕了二十四名自稱『精靈王』的詐騙份子,他們其中有些人靠著這種詐財方法在短短一年內致富。」

凱亞斯說:「詐騙集團會事先蒐集被害人的個人資料,然後『用阿拉伯口音』打電話給他們。」

他們自稱是從天而降的精靈,要求被害人將錢送到某特定地點,並恐嚇若不聽從指令的話,家裡將發生災禍。

曾數度帶領警方破獲詐騙集團秘密行動的副督察阿布登.努爾說:「這些騙子大多目不識丁,但是他們非常精明。」

他說:「他們自稱為精靈王,在電話中朗誦可蘭經經文,假裝握有被害人家庭秘密使其感到懼怕。」

警方接到許多被害者的報案,他們利用電話竊聽裝置確認所有的發話源頭都來自高比達岡區後,便破獲此詐騙集團。 (法新社╱翻譯:袁星塵)

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