3 people in India repainted fire extinguishers to look like oxygen cylinders, sold them to Covid patients

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A medical worker carries an oxygen cylinder at a COVID-19 safe home care centre in Kolkata on May 14, 2021.

  • Police arrested three people in India for allegedly repainting fire extinguishers to look like oxygen cylinders, the Times of India reported.
  • The accused scammers sold “many” of the fire extinguishers to families of Covid-19 patients for $180 each, police say.
  • As India is overwhelmed with record Covid-19 cases, virus-related scams abound, per the Times.
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Police arrested three people in India earlier this month for allegedly repainting fire extinguishers to look like oxygen cylinders and selling them to family members of Covid-19 patients, the Times of India reported.

In a police investigation, the accused scammers admitted they had already sold “many” of the fake canisters for about $180 each, police told the Times of India. As The New York…

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