Fraudster in Orlando tricked Michigan man into wiring $19K — twice, cops say

Zunaid Hossain
Zunaid Hossain (Orange County Jail)


A man living in Orlando on an internship visa was arrested Tuesday, accused of scamming a man in Michigan out of $19,000 twice in two days.

Zunaid Hossain, 22, faces a charge of scheming to defraud.

According to an arrest affidavit, a man in Michigan, told Orlando police someone had gained access to his computer and transferred money from his business account to his personal account. Hossain then called the man and said the money had been transferred into his account by mistake and needed to be wired back, the affidavit said.

The Michigan man transferred the $19,000 to Hossain’s account — but received another call from Hossain the next day, saying the mistake had happened again, the affidavit said.

The man wired Hossain another $19,000, then “realized he had been scammed,” the affidavit said.

Hossain was arrested Tuesday at a UPS store on South Kirkman Road. He entered the store to pick up an envelope — but officers were already there, investigating a UPS box associated with him.

After Hossain lied about his name and refused to provide identification, the store manager confirmed Hossain's identity, the affidavit said. Police took his wallet and called his bank. Hossain’s account had been closed in May due to fraud-like transactions.

A bank representative told police an elderly customer had reported to the bank that she had attempted to deposit $10,000 into Hossain’s accounty as part of another apparent scheme, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, Hossain is from India and residing in the U.S. with a year-long internship visa. The box at the UPS store had two other users, one of whom moved back to India and another who is in the country on a six-month visa, investigators said.

Hossain’s was being held Wednesday at the Orange County Jail on a $2,500 bond.


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