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Doctor pays $41,500 for 'wish-granting lamp'

By T.K. Randall
October 31, 2020 · Comment icon 9 comments

The lamp looked a little worse for wear. Image Credit: Facebook / Uttar Pradesh Police
A physician in India was conned into paying a huge sum for a magic lamp that he was told could grant wishes.
Pretty much everyone will have heard the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp at some point in their lives, but in some parts of the world, the idea of a wish-granting genie is more than just a story.

Dr Laeek Khan, who hails from Meerut city in India's Uttar Pradesh region, first became aware of the 'magic' lamp while he was visiting a patient's home to dress her wounds after a surgical procedure.

According to reports, he was introduced to two self-proclaimed tantriks named Islamuddin and Anees who claimed that the lamp could grant wishes and bring him 'wealth, health and good fortune'.

Although they initially demanded over $200,000 for the lamp, they ultimately agreed to a down payment of $41,584 - leaving Khan with what amounted to an expensive - and useless - trinket.

He later explained that the two conmen had been incredibly convincing and had even summoned the 'genie' in front of him to provide proof of the lamp's powers.
Only later did he realize that this magical being had in fact been Islamuddin in disguise.

When the pair wouldn't even allow him to take the lamp home with him, he knew he'd been conned.

Fortunately he was able to alert the police and have the two men arrested.

The woman who Dr Khan had originally been attending, it turned out, was Islamuddin's wife.

The trio have been connected to several other similar cons.

Source: BBC News | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
Let's re ruminate...  ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 3 years ago
He better have bought Aladdin Sane. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by bmk1245 3 years ago
Well, there's a sucker born every minute. Not to metion all this bs with lamps, but  "$200,000 for the lamp but settled for a down payment of $41,500" is a red flag. And what kind of doctor, who have been dupped, is? Selling snake oil? In that case I would say, let the fittest survive...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
The lamp at least looks the part. Pretty sad someone with a medical degree would fall for such a thing...But a science education doesn't guarantee that someone is immune to BS and/or belief. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nuclear Wessel 3 years ago
So they were demanding a pitiful sum of $200k for a lamp that could have been used to grant them a nearly endless supply of money, eh?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Mr Guitar 3 years ago
Just goes to show you that neither education nor duct tape can fix stupid. How an educated individual could even remotely believe in genies and magic lamps is beyond me. Seems that things like this happen a lot in India and Africa.....must be the water...?
Comment icon #7 Posted by AstralHorus 3 years ago
You clown, ignorance comes in all colors. Especially in yours
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
lol, he was conned the guy was in a genie disguise, omg, that's so funny !
Comment icon #9 Posted by Meridian O 3 years ago
 The bad news is, the doctor lost 33, 10000 rupees. The good news is, he had something worth stealing...  

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