Dhaka — Gambling apps StreamKar is banned in Bangladesh. However, gambling apps are being used through VPN (Virtual Private Network).
Although a handful of people are involved in the use and expansion of the app in the country, millions of Bangladeshis are using it without knowing it.
It requires digital currency to gamble.
Hundreds of crores of taka are being smuggled from Bangladesh through cycles every month by buying Bins and James currency. Which is more than a trillion a year.
The anti-terrorism unit (ATU) of the police said this after arresting four members of the gang from Noakhali’s Sudharampur, Dhaka’s Savar, and the capital’s Banasree area.
The arrested are- Jamil Uddin (35) of Comilla, Md. Of Noakhali. Hossain Rubel (39) and Manjurul Islam Hridoy (26) and Anamika Sarkar (24) of Natore.
The Anti-Terrorism Unit claimed that the detainees were smuggling money using a social media called Streamkar.
Streamkar apps have a variety of online gambling options including group chat, lip-syncing, dance, story, poetry recitation. Any gambling, online fraud including this app is legally prohibited in Bangladesh.
Speaking at a press conference at the Anti-Terrorism Media Center in Baridhara on Wednesday afternoon, Superintendent of Police (Media and Awareness) Mohammad Aslam Khan said the anti-terrorism unit had been conducting intelligence surveillance and investigation activities to curb these scams and digital money laundering online for a long time.
ATU has been able to arrest four masterminds of those who are cheating and smuggling money through digital to the common people in Bangladesh through Streamkar.
He said that this social communication app has two types of IDs. One is the user ID, the other is the host ID. Users typically use this app to chat with beauties and celebrities. Hosts host this app through a hosting agency. The beauties and celebrities usually open the host ID through this agency.
There are two types of agencies – Beans Agency, Host Agency. Beans agencies buy beans from foreign admins and sell them to users.
Users of this app give these Beans, Hosts as a gift for chatting in live streaming. Bean is a kind of digital currency.
Superintend of police (SP) Aslam said that the digital currency called Beans and James is the only driving force behind the American stream of apps. Domestic beans agencies, including sub-agency recruitment, also cheat users by bringing the beauties of colleges and universities to live streaming with various tempting offers including various social media.
Preparations are underway to file a case under the Digital Security Act against four members of the arrested fraudsters and their five accomplices at Savar police station.
In this regard, the Anti-Terrorism Unit of the Cyber Organized Crime Department Superintendent of Police.
Mahiduzzaman said, there are 11 agents of this app in Bangladesh. They buy and sell digital or virtual currency.
Millions of Bangladeshi users are buying digital or virtual currency through various mobile banking including Bikash, Rocket, Cash, Hundi, Hawala, CryptoCurrency, and a foreign private bank. Through which hundreds of crores of rupees are being smuggled every month, he added.
“What many of these millions of Streamkar users do not know is that it is a crime like money laundering or gambling, playing games or buying local currency called beans or James to transact domestic money. Most of the users are playing and smuggling money without realizing it.”