Sunday 20 September, 2020

HDC warns of fake profiles for executive, senior staff

The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is alerting members of the public to fraudsters who have created a number of fake social media profiles for executive and senior members of the HDC, to lure unsuspecting users to spend money to acquire housing.

The HDC issued a statement on Monday, noting that these profiles use bonafide images of the executives and staff members and engage individuals, through online platforms, in an effort to defraud them of their hard-earned money.

According to the release, the HDC has already alerted its security department as well as the TTPS.

"The HDC is aware of the fraudsters’ efforts and has transferred all information to our Security Department for transmission to the Fraud Squad of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. The HDC’s Legal Department is also actively reviewing the situation in an effort to take all necessary action against the perpetrators. The impersonation of HDC staff and the attempts to defraud citizens are illegal and will not be tolerated."

The corporation says although there is a great demand for housing, persons should be mindful of people intent on committing fraudulent acts by encouraging applicants to pay cash in hope of expediting their housing applications. 

"We therefore wish to remind all citizens that if they have been selected for a government-subsidised home, they are required to pay their administrative fees or downpayment at one of the legitimate cashiers located at the HDC Head Office and receive an official receipt. Payment to any other party would mean that they would have been a victim of and/or participant in a fraudulent activity. Further, communication on any matter regarding the application and processing of public housing through social media channels does not form part of the HDC’s policy."

Citizens are further encouraged to acquaint themselves with the correct procedures for the application and processing of public housing to be less vulnerable to those individuals who engage in identity theft, phishing and other types of online fraud with criminal motives.


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