Police warn of online scam

The Police Service is advising members of the public to be cautious against falling prey to online scams, where unscrupulous persons are impersonating others via fake social media profiles, in an attempt to trick and influence unsuspecting victims into applying for grants and other self-help social services.

The warning follows an increase in reports of local online scams that result in victims being conned of sums of money by criminals when they attempt to access the said grants or services.

"Citizens are reminded of the Larceny Act Chapter 11:12, Section 34 (1) which states: “Any person who, by any false pretence, with intent to defraud, obtains from any other person any chattel, money, or valuable security, or causes or procures any money to be paid, or any chattel or valuable security to be delivered, to himself or to any other person for the use or benefit or on account of himself or any other person, is liable to imprisonment for five years,” the statement said.

The Police Service said that as a general rule, if an offer made online or otherwise appears too good to be true; then it is highly possible, it is a scam.

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