To fight the increasing number of pandemic-related scams, Ramanuj Mukherjee, a lawyer-turned-edtech entrepreneur, started a pro-bono legal platform, Lawyers Against COVIFRAUD, to help identify miscreants taking advantage of the situation to cheat hapless patients.
So far, over 140 lawyers from almost every state in India have joined the initiative, and started taking legal action against scammers who take advantage of helpless COVID-19 patients and their families.
The platform is solving the problem by identifying the bank account where the money was received and filing police complaints in those jurisdictions, with the help of their distributed lawyers network.
Anyone who faced such a crime and is willing to report the same to the police can reach out to the team over email or WhatsApp. The team can assist them to register a complaint if they can furnish details such as a screenshot of the conversation, transaction details etc.
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