Emails Offering Cash for Kidneys

The UK’s Human Tissue Authority (HTA) reports that numerous UK residents report receiving “scam emails” promising large sums of money in return for becoming living organ “donors”.  The emails falsely claim that payment for living organ donation is supported by the HTA and the British Government.  The HTA notice does not indicate when such emails began circulating, whether they are directed at particular populations, and whether anyone has received payment in exchange for agreeing to donate an organ.  According to the HTA, offer of reward in exchange for an organ is an offence that can lead to a fine and up to three years in prison.

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