Couple in Hyderabad looks to sell kidneys, loses Rs 40 lakhs | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: A couple planning to sell their kidneys to clear debt was duped of Rs 40 lakh by fraudsters posing as UK-based facilitators for organ sale.
The victims — M Venkatesh and Lavanya from Khairatabad — operate a stationary shop and recently took loan from financial institutions for construction of a four-storied building at Katedan.
“Due to lockdown, there was no significant income from the business and the borrowed money for house construction had reached Rs 1.5 crore,” assistant commissioner of police (ACP), cyber crime, KVM Prasad said.
To clear the debts, the couple thought of selling their kidneys and looked for prospective buyers on the internet.
“In March, 2021, the victims sent a message to a fraudster, whose number they found on the internet, looking for a kidney donor. Posing as an employee of a hospital in the UK, the fraudster offered Rs 5 crore for kidney donors and lured the victims,” the ACP said.
The accused made the victim deposit Rs 26 lakh in various bank accounts for registration charges, processing fee, currency exchange charges, visa fee and insurance.
The fraudster sent a webpage link containing RBI’s logo and fictitious escrow account showing money transferred by him as an advance payment. To convince the accused further, the fraudster made the victims meet an associate of his at a lodge in Bengaluru.
“The African national whom the victims met in Bengaluru, showed them a suitcase containing black papers of the size of currency notes. The accused wiped some of the black notes using an unknown chemical and turned them into “Rs 2,000 currency notes”. By promising supply of the chemical, which can turn the entire lot of black notes into Rs 2000 notes, the accused made the victims transfer Rs 14 lakh more,” the ACP said. When the unknown chemical failed to convert the notes, the victims lodged a complaint.

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