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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

International gangs making money through SMSs

SILCHAR, Oct 6: In this all pervasive deception, deceit and dupe, it is not surprising if one’s mobile of any service brand – BSNL, Vodafone, Tata Indicom, Airtel or Aircel – are receiving messages of windfall. But of concern is the way gullible people of diverse profession and even house wives with affordable bank balances are taken for a ride by this ever expanding fraud across the country, a brain child of well connected international gangs.

After successfully operating their network in big cities and towns, this well designed racket has now made its way to the Northeast. Many across the country, after being duped, have silently swallowed up the deceit.

According to a report in a national daily, a house wife in Kolkata in the absence of her husband, responded to an SMS on her mobile which read “Congratulations your mobile number has won you 7,00, 000 GBP in the Irish INT, L mobile draw. For claims contact Mr Edward James via email”

She was then directed to deposit Rs 50,000 on an account number of a standard bank to claim her prize money, furnishing details of her bank account. She did it and waited for three long months for the prize money to be credited to her account. Finding herself in a piquant situation, she lodged a complaint with the police station. Investigation by police brought out the subtle modus operandi of the racket which also brought into focus many other citizens who perhaps, out of shame, preferred to digest.

Probe by police came out with the fact that a surfeit of rackets have cropped up in this lucrative business to make fast money. The house wife’s initiative encouraged others to come to the police station with their SMSs and the resultant fraud on them.

Two other SMSs received by other people quoted “Congrats! your mobile have won a prize of 5,00,000 GB pounds in 2009 apple draws. To claim your prize contact Dr Bernard on, Your mobile has won 45,00,00 pounds in ongoing Robert cash splash draw. For claim send name, address and phone number to Dr Bernard via e-mail :”

Police sources cautioned the people that if they receive such SMSs the next time, it would be better for them to ignore them and inform the police about it. THE SENTINEL

District development committee reviews work progress
SILCHAR, Oct 6: During the first six months of this current financial year, the Cachar Excise Department has been able to collect Rs 39 crore as revenue against its target of Rs 83 crore. The District Transport Department has also been able to collect Rs 2.92 crore in the first six months against its target of Rs 6.17 crore. The Forest Department, on the other hand, earned a revenue of Rs 1.96 crore against its target of Rs 4 crore during the same period.

This fact-sheet was brought out at the meeting of the district development committee which was presided over by Cachar Deputy Commissioner Gautam Ganguly yesterday. While reviewing the progress of works and their implementation, it was revealed that the improvement of NH-44 was taken up on the Kalain portion. The acquisition of land for Silchar bypass was also taken up for discussion.

The Deputy Commissioner after an on the spot study of the cracks in residential houses on the bank of Barak at Aryapatty, caused by erosion, directed the Water Resources Department to take necessary steps for containing the sloughing by the river. He also advised the department for taking up the cleaning operating of sluice gates by the end of the rainy season. Also present at this review meeting were ADC BC Nath, HA Laskar, SK Das and Lakhipur SDO (Civil) Barenya Das. THE SENTINEL

Ceasework by SAZPKS concludes

SILCHAR, Oct 6: The two-day non-cooperation agitation launched by the Sadou Asom Zila Prashashan Karmachari Sanstha (SAZPKS) since yesterday by abstaining from official duty concluded here today. The ceasework was in protest against the delay in publication of the report of 6th pay commission.

According to the agitation, employees in different State departments including the office of the Deputy Commissioner abstained from work, though they attended their offices. They raised slogans against the indifferent attitude of the State government. The functioning of the departments was completely paralysed. In a joint statement issued to the press, Bikramjit Chakraborty and Ranjit Deb, on behalf of the SAZPKS, cautioned that if the government continued to dither with the pay commission report, they would intensify their agitation.

Other organizations have also come forward to extend their cooperation for the successful movement of the Sanstha. THE SENTINEL

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