Bhubaneswar: At a time when Covid-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on the lives of people, some fraudsters are using it as an opportunity to make some quick bucks by duping gullible people in the guise of supplying them essential medicines.
Recently, wife of a patient suffering from black fungus (mucormycosis) was reportedly duped of Rs 48,000 by scamsters on the pretext of supplying a life-saving injection required to treat the infection.
According to sources, Sujata Bhuyan, whose husband Ajay Bhuyan is undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar was trying to buy the injection when she was tricked by the cyber fraudsters.
The patient, who hails from Jagatsinghpur, needed an injection which was not available at the hospital. Later, a nurse reportedly shared a website link with Sujata and assured that she would get the injection there.
As there was an urgency, an unsuspecting Sujata browsed through the website and contacted the seller. However, despite making the payment, she did not get the injection. Eventually, the fraudsters switched off their mobile phones.
“I have been tricked by the fraudsters while trying to order the medicine online. I paid Rs 48,000 but did not get the injection,” the woman said.
She said patients are being duped by fraudsters in the name of providing life-saving medicines and urged the government to take measures to save patients from such frauds.