Hyderabad: The Hyderabad police, on 20 July, arrested a fraudster who was cheating people in the guise of donating plasma for COVID-19 treatment.

Sandeep Reddy, a resident of Ponugutivalasa in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, graduated in 2016 and also completed a computer hardware networking course. Unable to find a job, he resorted to criminal activities. He was arrested by the II-Town police and the Dwaraka police in Vizag in two theft cases and sent to judicial remand. He was released from jail during the COVID-19 crisis.

Sandeep observed that there was a huge demand for the plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients and antiviral drugs. He started browsing Facebook, Instagram, and other social networking sites to find people who were looking for both.

He then contacted them claiming to be a COVID-recovered patient. He told them that he was willing to donate plasma and requested them to send some money for transportation costs. Once they paid the money online, he would evade them. He also cheated some people by promising to arrange for Tocilizumab 400mg drugs used for COVID-19 treatment. So far, he cheated more than 200 people.

The commissioner’s task force, east zone team, handed over Sandeep to the  Panjagutta police station. The police have appealed to the citizens to beware of such fraudsters and not make any unverified payments.

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