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Sri Lanka: At least 200 people arrested in Sri Lanka on charges of cyber crime, mostly Indians

Cyber Crime

Cyber ​​Crime in Sri Lanka:  At least 200 foreign nationals have been arrested in neighbouring country Sri Lanka on charges of online financial fraud. According to media reports, Sri Lankan police have said that most of them are Indians. The Criminal Investigation Department has found in its investigation that the money earned through fraud has been deposited in bank accounts in Britain, Dubai and India. 

According to the local news website, officials of the Criminal Investigation Department have been quoted as saying that those arrested also include citizens of China, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. But the number of Indian citizens is the highest among them. About 400 computers used by the suspects are being investigated.

Police had taken action two days ago also

Earlier on Friday, Sri Lankan police arrested at least 60 Indian nationals involved in online financial scams. All of them were arrested from the suburbs of Colombo, Madivela and Battaramulla and the western coastal city of Negombo. According to Sri Lankan police, the CID has also seized 135 mobile phones and 57 laptops from the arrested Indian nationals.

According to the agency, police spokesperson SSP Nihal Thaldua has said that the police took this action after a complaint by a victim. The victim was lured with the promise of cash for social media interaction in a WhatsApp group. During the investigation, it was revealed that the victims were forced to deposit the remaining money after the initial payment.