Police search for more suspects in E-Commerce scam

The police say they are looking for more suspects involved in a massive E-Commerce scam after 14 suspects were arrested yesterday.

According to the police media unit, investigations are also continuing into two Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) who are alleged to have been involved in the scam.

The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) which is investigating the case had said that the NGOs had used the internet payment gateway to carry out a financial fraud of nearly Rs. 263 million.

Investigations into the scam were launched following a police complaint made in April last year by a leading bank in Sri Lanka.

The two NGOs had signed an agreement with the bank to make use of the internet payment gateway to obtain funds.

However the bank had later been issued with ‘charge back’ notices by the US based Visa and Matercard saying the credit cards of some customers had been charged using the internet payment gateway of the bank, without their consent.

The bank had subsequently lodged a complaint with the police. (Colombo Gazette)