Tuesday 29 September, 2020

TTPS: Be cautious of online scams when apply for grants

Photo courtesy knoe.com

Photo courtesy knoe.com

The police service (TTPS) is alerting members of the public to persons who are impersonating others via fake social media profiles, in an attempt to trick and influence them into applying for grants and other self-help social services.

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

Perpetrators and the general public 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 TTPS says a general rule if an offer made online or otherwise appears too good to be true, then it is highly possible that it is a scam.

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