Five suspects have been arrested for fraudulently obtaining Rs. 500,000 from Sri Lankan expatriates.
The suspects had defrauded the victims by promising to arrange low-interest loans through a new online system.
The suspects had obtained bank details of the victims via SMS and had defrauded Rs. 500,000 from one bank account.
The five suspects were arrested following investigations launched by the Kirulapone Police based on a complaint filed in this regard by a woman.
The suspects were arrested from Pittabeddara, Narahenpita, and Wellampitiya yesterday.
Further investigations have revealed that the suspects were involved in producing and distributing fake driving licences with Police seizing a car, a van, and a number of equipment used for this purpose.
Meanwhile, the Police announced two hotlines will be set up from tomorrow (28) for the public to inform Police of drugs and organized crimes.
Police Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne said the public can report on extortion, dangerous drugs, large scale corruption, and threats to national security via hotline 1997.
Information on criminal gangs, illegal transactions, and revenue generated from drug trafficking can be reported via hotline 1917.
The hotlines were introduced during a special media briefing held by the Police today. (Colombo Gazette)