Since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country since 2020, telemedicine medical services have become very popular. And by capitalizing on the opportunity of that popularity, the fraudsters have opened a Facebook account or page in the name of famous doctors with pictures of beautiful women. In order to get the trap of skin and sexual treatment, the fraudsters snatched the money from the victims through malpractice.
Police say the cycle has targeted Corona’s time and snatched millions of rupees from thousands of patients in the last two years by trapping them for online treatment.
This was stated by Additional Commissioner of Detective Police AKM Hafeez Akhter at a press conference held at DMP Media Center on Thursday.
He said the Social Media Crime Investigation Team of the Detective Cyber and Special Crime Division of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested two members of the gang in a raid in Shah Makhdum Police Station area of Rajshahi on a charge.
The arrested are- Md. Rashed Hossain Prant (26) and his wife Mosa. Mausumi Khatun (23). Three mobile phones, four SIMs, 13 Facebook IDs and three WhatsApp IDs were recovered from them.
He added that Abu Saeed, 31, is the chief legal officer at EW Villa Medica, a German-based international healthcare company. In order to provide aesthetic and regenerative care services. He recently reviewed a Facebook page and saw that Dr. EW Villa Medica organization and organization on Facebook ID. Tasneem Khan is treating patients through fake prescriptions in the name of online treatment using his last name and mobile number. Due to this, the reputation and image of the organization was tarnished and Abu Saeed filed a case with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station under the Digital Security Act. The Social Media Crime Investigation Team of the Detective Cyber and Special Crime Department traced the ring from the source of the case.
Additional Commissioner AKM Hafeez Akhter said patients with skin and sexual problems usually feel reluctant to consult a doctor in public. Such patients seek telemedicine services after seeing the glamorous advertisements of the fraudsters on various social media. The arrestees used the names and identities of famous and popular doctors of the country to open fake pages on Facebook and advertise. Arrested physicians would sometimes change the voice of the physician’s assistant and talk to patients. After talking, he used to extort money from patients through mobile bank development / cash / rocket in exchange for telemedicine services. If they showed the patient directly, they would charge two thousand rupees and if they showed it through telemedicine, they would charge one thousand rupees. In this way he used to see 30-40 patients every day.
During preliminary interrogation, the detainees admitted their involvement in the incident. They disguise themselves through mobile, Facebook ID, WhatsApp and information technology to dispense prescriptions and sell drugs. Rashed Hossain Prant was arrested when people were under house arrest during the Corona epidemic. Tasnim Khan, Dr. Humaira Himi, Dr. Marjia Sushma, Dr. Arshia Ahi, Dr. Sanjida Islam, Dr. Nafisa Tasneem and Dr. Using Alvi Rahman’s name and surname, he opened fake Facebook IDs and advertised about various diseases including sex and skin. Through Facebook Messenger and multiple WhatsApp numbers, he used fake prescriptions in the name of serving sick people and took millions of rupees from patients through bKash / cash / rocket.
Besides, after collecting and editing pictures of different women and making offensive pictures, they have sent them to messenger and multiple WhatsApp numbers and have taken large sums of money from different people including patients.
In response to a question, the DB chief said, “If you have any doubts before taking telemedicine services, you can let us know.” Or it is better to go directly or seek the advice of a known doctor than to take the service online. The Department of Health needs to keep a close eye on these fake doctors.