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Thursday, December 05, 2013
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Beware of bogus text scams—cops
The Police Service’s Fraud Squad is warning citizens to refrain from responding to random text messages which may in fact turn out to be international fraud scams. Police public information officer ASP Joanne Archie gave the advice while speaking at the weekly police press briefing at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Archie said: “Do not disclose any personal information, example name and address and personal banking information. If the sender of the request is not known to you personally, disregard all such calls and requests.”
She added the Fraud Squad had received several reports of such bogus text messages which were under investigation. She said in some messages the senders advised potential victims they had won a sum of money and a processing fee was necessary to claim it. She also said the fraudulent information may be sent through the mail and via e-mail. “The senders will in most instances describe themselves as a close friend of a relative and that they are stranded in a foreign country and need cash to purchase a return ticket,” Archie said. She also warned citizens to be wary of advertisements involving “easy or swift loans.”
“Such advertisements tend to solicit the unsuspecting public to make small down payments for the processing of motor vehicle loan applications,” Archie said. She said the victims would be told they have to wait a week for approval and when they returned the company would no longer be in existence. “Do not be swayed by the terms easy and swift if the entity is unknown to you,” Archie said. Another “new and unique form of deception”, Archie said, was the sale of properties by people pretending to be the legal owners. Archie said fraudsters were advertising property for sale in the classified ads and potential buyers were urged to make a downpayment for the property.
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