Bengaluru: Bizman Promised Herbal Drug Dealership Loses Rs. 1.5 Crore

Bengaluru: Bizman Promised Herbal Drug Dealership Loses Rs. 1.5 Crore

Bengaluru, 21 Dec 2019:


A 59-year-old businessman from Banashankari, south Bengaluru, fell prey to a herbal medicine fraud and lost nearly ₹ 1.5 crore to scamsters via online transactions.


Muralidhara approached the cybercrime wing of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Wednesday with a complaint against four men. He said the quartet offered him a business deal to become the vendor of a pharma firm. Trusting them, Muralidhara transferred nearly ₹ 1.5 crore via multiple transactions to the three bank accounts provided by them. He filed a complaint only after realising he’d been cheated.


According to police, the businessman claimed he came in contact with the main suspect, Scott Coffey, through a business and employment portal in October.


“We began chatting online and he asked me to provide my email ID to send his business proposal. I provided my personal details and received an email from mr_scottcoffy@yahoo.com. He offered me the chance to become a vendor for a pharma company, which is into making herbal medicines for cancer treatment,” police quoted the complainant as saying.


Muralidhara received an email from another ID of another accused claiming to be Dr Jordan, confirming he had been appointed the vendor. On October 9, the accused asked the complainant to contact Sunita Sharma to get the medicines. Muralidhara got in touch with Sunita, who advised him to deposit ₹ 1.5 crore in accounts in three banks to get the medicine stocks. Muralidhara agreed but soon realised he had been cheated as there was no progress on the business front and the suspects became incommunicado, police said.


Cybercrime police have registered a case of cheating. The businessman has identified the suspects as Scott Coffey, Jordan, Sunita Sharma and Morris Goldberg. ET Healthworld