Nigerian, Sudanese and others nationals apprehended in India over an online kidney scam
Banasawadi police in Bengaluru on Sunday, apprehended a group of six, including a Nigerian and two Sudanese nationals, who are allegedly into buying or selling of kidneys online.
The gang acknowledged to have been authorised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), who uses the name of a super-speciality hospital and reputed doctors to lure gullible people seeking kidneys for transplants.
The apprehended members are Esene Lovely (29) from Benin city, Igueben Edo State, Nigeria, Mohamed Ahmed Ismail (24) from Khartoum, and Marwan Faisal (27) from Sannr, Sudan, Herendra Tripura (25) from Tripura, Kami Ranjan (21) and Jatin Kumar (25) both from Bommanahalli in Bengaluru.
A senior police officer said they hunted mobile numbers mentioned on their website, after Dr Shafiq M M, director of a private hospital, lodged a complaint.
The cheating came to light lately when a few people approached the hospital seeking clarifications, which prompted Dr Shafiq to alert the police.
The police recouped bank account details, ATM and SIM cards and mobile phones after conducting a foray. The group was offering kidneys to patients in need and also offered to buy kidneys from donors.
They also hinted the names of reputed doctors to convince the victims. They had allegedly taken money ranging between Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 on the pretext of insurance and registration from about 200 people.
The alleged Esene Lovely, Ismail and Marwan are overstaying their visas in the city. The other three used to buy SIM cards which they used in scaling people the police said.