Facebook Elections Disruption

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook said it has uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms. The company said it removed more than 30 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in “coordinated” behavior and appeared to be fake. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The swift action of officers of the Police Service Port of Spain Division on Tuesday morning is believed to have broken up an online robbery scam.

The suspects—ages 28, 26, and 22—are all from Beetham Gardens.

It was reported they would post items for sale on social media platforms, including Facebook.

They would lure their victims by having “bargain prices” and arrange to meet the suspects at various locations in the capital city.

However, upon meeting the victims, the suspects would rob them.

This plan, the Express was told, worked several times.

However, it all came to an end at about 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The victim, after being duped and robbed by the suspects at a mall on Frederick Street, was able to notify the police.

A team of officers, led by Sgt Bharath, Cpl Arthur and PC Quintero, responded and were able to detain the suspects before they could escape.

The three men are expected to be placed on identification parades this week.

The police are also calling on victims of similar crimes in the Port of Spain Division to come forward to see if they had been robbed by this group.

The police are warning poten­tial shoppers, especially as Christmas approaches, to be careful with buying things from third par­ties, especially on social media sites.

The exercise was supervised by ACP Williams and Snr Sup Ramdeen, and included Supt Rampath, ASP Sooker, Insp Deonarine, Insp Commissiong and others.

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