Would you sell your kidney for $208,000?

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@josie_ (4536)
Philippines
April 4, 2016 12:17am CST
Note: You might be wondering why I posted a photo of kidney beans instead of a human kidney. Many people are squeamish when they see photos of anatomical features.. Besides my funny bone saw the humor of it. The myLot post title read "Columbia Asia Hospital Is urgently In Need Of Kidney Donor by Dr. Paul Michael The blurb that followed ask you if you are in debt or are having financial difficulties. Then they entice the reader by implying that for one kidney they will pay a maximum amount of $208,000. A contact number is left for you to call. REALLY!? "Something smells awfully fishy here" The scam-alert in my brain was warning me. First, it is against the myLot rules to post promotional articles, and what they are promoting is illegal. Criminally liable in most countries. But being my usual curious self, I decided to do some "Curious George" sleuthing on the internet. Columbia Asia Hospital is a Healthcare company whose headquarters is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has a chain of hospitals across India, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Mostly small 70-90 bed facilities located in the suburbs outside the major cities of the host country. This is to cut cost and save in overhead expenses. Hospitals are also staff from local hire. This is obviously a money making business venture. Patient care and welfare appears not to be in the company's priority list, as there were so many negative reviews. Many former patients called it the most expensive and worst hospital they had the misfortune to be admitted in. BTW, I only read reviews coming from India. So I wonder if you know any Indian doctor name Dr. Paul Michael?
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@LadyDuck (118865)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 16
This smells more than fishy, Dr. Paul Michael does not sound as an Indian, or Asian name and searching online, here is what you can find if you search for the doctor name: QUOTE "Another Kidney Donor scam message left as a comment on the FraudFYI blog by Dr. Paul Michael Columbia Asia Hospital columbiaasiahospital35@gmail.com"
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@LadyDuck _Thanks for the added information. Has myLot admin taken down the bogus post?
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@LadyDuck (118865)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 16
@josie_ I think he did, I have not bookmarked it, I have to check.
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• Philippines
4 Apr 16
No, I won't and that's really stupid. Kidney is a vital part of your organ dealing with the toxins in your body. with out that you're in trouble, you will end up being in the dialysis which something my goes through every day.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@Letranknight2015 _One kidney will suffice but it's better to have a spare.
@AmbiePam (45854)
• United States
5 Apr 16
@josie_ I saw a woman on TV the other night who was born with just one kidney. She was just fine. I'm still glad to have both, but she was able to have children with no complications. She didn't know about it until she was in her twenties. Apparently, no one knew.
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• Philippines
6 Apr 16
@AmbiePam I still prefer having TWO kidneys, i was born with it so.
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• United States
4 Apr 16
mercy, i'm glad i missed that'un. con artists jest pop'p all o'er the place, don't they? most sad...
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@crazyhorseladycx _It's doubtful anyone with an iota of intelligence will fall for that scam. Certainly not myLot members.
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@brokenbee (7716)
• Philippines
6 Apr 16
Doesn't sound like an Indian name. Hmmm I will not sell mine. Hihi
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
6 Apr 16
@brokenbee _Maybe an American Indian?
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@brokenbee (7716)
• Philippines
6 Apr 16
@josie_ oh, okay... it's possible. Hihi
@salonga (27969)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
Hmmm, it smells fishy indeed! But there are so many needy people who might be deceived. I know there are poor and needy people who really sell one of their kidneys..
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@salonga _The sad part is the poor donor only get a pittance for their kidneys. The bulk of the profit goes to the middle men who arrange the transaction between the organ seller and the wealthy organ buyer.
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@salonga (27969)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@josie_That's true. It breaks my heart as I think of this reality.
@Yar_Joey (3314)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
Really? there is an Indian doctor named like that American name? Maybe the discussion you read is a scam? or a spam? a violation?
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
5 Apr 16
@Yar_Joey _The name is obviously a fake. No one would actually use their real name in such an illegal activity.
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@Yar_Joey (3314)
• Philippines
5 Apr 16
@josie_ and the nerve of him to invent a name.
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@TwixTwinz (146)
4 Apr 16
Its sad to hear that many people are selling the one part of their kidney their reason is "You can still live with the other one". Here in our country at Tondo Manila there are many residents there lives only with one kidney and they sold it for a very cheap price of about 2-300 Thousand Pesos.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@TwixTwinz _I think the cheapest price is around 50,000 pesos. Which is about $1000. Dirt cheap for western foreigners in need of an organ transplant.
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4 Apr 16
@josie_ I didnt here about that price before. Imagine you sell your kidney for only 50 thousand pesos. Money vs Organ , Y_Y
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@Lucky15 (33712)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
Though some have sold theirs. Me, nope. Thinking what if my family needs it?
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@Lucky15 _People will do anything when they are in need of money.
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@Lucky15 (33712)
• Philippines
5 Apr 16
@josie_ yep. Painful.truth :(
• Preston, England
6 Apr 16
I wouldn't sell my, or anyone else's body parts at any price
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
6 Apr 16
@arthurchappell _Me neither.
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@rusty2rusty (6747)
• Defiance, Ohio
5 Apr 16
I think it is a good amount, however I would not. As I have issues with kidneys in the past. I am afraid if I would sell one, my other would fail. I would be up a creek with no paddle.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
5 Apr 16
@rusty2rusty _I hope your kidney problem is a thing of the past. What we often take for granted we only realize their value when the prospect of losing it arise,
@jaboUK (50138)
• United Kingdom
4 Apr 16
I expect that post has been removed by now, but anyone would need to have their head looking at to respond to something like that.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@jaboUK _The person who posted that article obviously wasn't very intelligent.
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@marlina (60999)
• Canada
4 Apr 16
One would have to be completely stupid to sell his or her kidney.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
5 Apr 16
@marlina _Organ trade is big business. Money is the main reason people sell their kidney. Most of them are the poor from third world countries.
@shshiju (9206)
• Cochin, India
4 Apr 16
It sound like scam. Don't play with our organs.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@shshiju _Unless of course it is a musical organ.
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@cherriefic (4196)
• Baguio, Philippines
4 Apr 16
I don't think so! I'm not even willing to have an operation even if it's life threatening already.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
5 Apr 16
@cherriefic _I would donate my kidney to a love one (your children, spouse,parents) if the need arises.
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@JESSY3236 (4922)
• United States
4 Apr 16
That sounds a scam and dangerous too. What if the surgery goes wrong?
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@JESSY3236_ But many people will fall for the scam because of the amount of money. Poor people in third world countries are the usual victims.
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@maezee (26933)
• United States
4 Apr 16
Wow this does seem crazy. I dont think that is legitimate at all. Is it legal to sell parts of your body?
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@maezee _It's illegal but anything can be purchase in the dark web, the black market of the internet.
@rakski (2585)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
some people made it to business. I was once working in an underprivileged community before where selling kidneys and blood is normal. Good thing now, that it is against the law but somehow this kind of trading can be arranged so the donor will look like they are relative or something.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@rakski _Foreigners can get cheaper organs for transplant in poor third world countries. There is less red tape and no waiting period unlike if they have to go through proper channels in the US
@AkoPinay (10769)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
That's an English name
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@AkoPinay _It's probably a fake.
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@just4him (89435)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Apr 16
I don't think I've seen an Indian name with less than a dozen letters, though I could be wrong, they do seem to have long and un-pronoucable names. As for the hospital, it sounds like you said out for the money and not the patient. Sad state of affairs.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@just4him _The post is either an April fool hoax that is off by four days or an outright scam. If the post came from India, maybe the name was anglicize?
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• Eugene, Oregon
4 Apr 16
How strange that is! I doubt if it is legitimate as well.
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@josie_ (4536)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@JamesHxstatic _Some mylotters have already reported it to admin.
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