Police probe extortion attempts

The police is investigating an attempt by some individuals who extort money from people claiming they are from the CID or TID.
Police headquarters said that complaints have been received by individuals who have been threatened over the telephone for money.
The caller claims he is part of the CID or TID and is investigating an allegations raised against the telephone call receiver.
The caller then says in order to forego the investigations the person should pay a huge sum of money.
Out of fear most people have transferred money to the account numbers provided by the caller, the police said.
Police headquarters said that the victims also avoid making complaints to the police out of fear.
The police urged the public to bring such incidents to the notice of the nearest police station. (Colombo Gazette)