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Fraud Ayushman Bharat entity duping citizens busted

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The fraudulent activity started with publishing of advertisements, providing contact number to which interested individuals were asked to send their bio-data and other details

Delhi Police arrested all individuals, including several SBI account bearers involved in the Ayushman Bharat Fraud Recruitment Scam from Gurugram.

The National Health Authority (NHA) has been vigilant in monitoring and reporting any type of fraud happening in Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY and hence, had informed Delhi Police as soon as there was information of fake letters being circulated promising jobs in Ayushman Bharat.

The fraudulent activity started with publishing of advertisements, providing a contact number to which the interested individuals were asked to send their bio-data and other details via Whatsapp/SMS. These individuals were then sent a fake appointment letter on the professional letterhead that closely resembled NHA/PM-JAY letter head with the respective logos/official stamps. The letter mentioned that they have been shortlisted and training for the job role would start shortly. On receiving the letter and contacting the same mobile number again for next steps and start date of training, the individual was advised to deposit a sum of Rs 12,500 towards training costs into an SBI bank account in Gurugram.

NHA received a couple of calls via its active toll-free numbers (14555/ 1800-111-565) enquiring about such training. Additionally, NHA also received a couple of fake appointment letters from the on-ground teams. On receiving this information, NHA immediately investigated the matter to understand the origin and source of this scam and filed a complaint with the Delhi Police.

Appealing specifically to the media, Dr Indu Bhushan, CEO, National Health Authority said, “Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana Ayushman Bharat is a free healthcare scheme and will never ask any individual to deposit money either for a job opportunity or insurance e-card registration, etc. Such fraudulent activities go against the entire National Health Authority’s system as well as our efforts. Hence, we request our colleagues in the media to verify source of information before publishing an advertisement related to the PMJAY Ayushman Bharat Scheme in their esteemed publications.”

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