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Online courier scam defrauds thousands of people

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An investigation has been launched into a fraud conducted through the online banking system by setting up a website similar to the Postal Department’s website and under the guise of providing courier services, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis yesterday (25).

The CID said that they commenced the investigation based on a complaint made by the Postmaster General.

The CID informed the Court that they are yet to ascertain whether Postal Department employees were involved in these frauds or whether external parties are behind it. 

Accordingly, the CID requested the Court to issue an order to the banks to provide analytical reports regarding the credit accounts.

It was said that a text message is received on the customer’s mobile phone stating that a parcel has been received. Through that message, instructions are given to access the relevant website and credit or debit card information has been obtained online stating that Rs.95 has to be paid as stamp duty.

Then through that information, the money from the customers’ accounts has been taken in millions.

The CID said that two complaints have been received regarding the fraud of Rs.225,918.36 and Rs.297,130.81.

After considering the facts, the Magistrate ordered the banks to provide information regarding the accounts.

(Daily News)

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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