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Hyderabad police warn against crowdfunding fraud

Hyderabad: With several individuals and groups undertaking crowdfunding campaigns in the city to help the needy, the city police have asked the public to be careful when dealing with them.

The social media platforms are flooded with appeals from unregistered NGOs and individuals seeking donations for those suffering from health issues, problems in education and religious activities.

KVM Prasad, ACP, Cybercrime Hyderabad Police, said that the multitude of funding method to raise money is practiced worldwide by various groups engaged in such philanthropic works. A call to help a bereaved family or person is posted on websites or social media platforms to rescue the families involved from the financial crisis by providing timely assistance.

‘There is nothing wrong with helping a needy person or a family. Nevertheless, one must be careful and do the individuals or groups background checks before donating money directly or in the bank accounts available to them so that one cannot get a prey for fraud made available by people, he said.

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Hyderabad police recently arrested members of an NGO Hyderabad Youth Courage (HYC) for collecting donations that ended up in numerous calls and allegedly withheld funds. Four cases were registered at different police stations against the HYC and the police are now trying to determine how many bank accounts the money collected for patients / needy people was transferred to the HY.

A few reports were frozen as part of the investigation. The money was transferred to various accounts, “said an official related to the investigation into the case.

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Police in Banjara Hills arrested a woman a few years ago who was raising large sums of money from people on the pretext of cancer treatment. After a donor filed a complaint, police arrested the girl and froze her bank account.

Social activist Shahbaz Ahmed Khan pointed out that various individuals and organizations collect donations from the public by sharing emotional videos on social networking platforms. “People emphasize medical emergencies and religious issues to raise donations from the public. “The trend is increasing in the city and the NRIs that live in the Middle East and European countries are being targeted,” he said.

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Source: Telangana Today

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