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General News of Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Two Nigerians, one Ghanaian arrested in India for creating fake hospital website to scam prospective kidney donors

The suspects in the custody of the Indian Police The suspects in the custody of the Indian Police

Two Nigerians and a Ghanaian have been arrested by the Bengaluru police for allegedly creating fake websites mimicking that of various city hospitals and luring prospective kidney donors for transplants with fake advertisements offering up to Rs 4 crore (about N217 million).

Indian Express reports that the suspects who are identified as Matthew Innocent, Matthew Miracle from Nigeria, and Collins from Ghana took lakhs of rupees from prospective donors claiming the funds are charged for registration fees. After the victims make cash payments, the suspects cut contact with them.

Their schemes were uncovered when a medical director of Sagar Hospitals filed a complaint with the southeast division CEN (cyber economics & narcotic crimes) police station, saying that some miscreants had launched a website in the name of their hospital.

While the official website for the hospital was sagarhospitals.in, the fake website created was sagarhospital.site, said the police.

The police found the accused in an apartment at the Amruthahalli police station limits. Upon interrogation, they found out that Innocent and Miracle had arrived in India on student visas and those had expired. Collins is in India on a business visa, the police said.

“The accused created fake bank accounts in the name of multiple hospitals in the city. However, when checked, there was no money in these accounts. We found out that the money was transferred to other accounts and we are probing. We have taken court permission to go through their digital wallets and other accounts. Presently, they are in judicial custody,” the police said.

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