Crime

Beware of social media scams involving the awarding of grants.

This is the warning issued to members of the public by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) over an online scam aimed of fleecing people of their money.

A release by the TTPS on Friday noted that the online scams involve persons being contacted by individuals about an opportunity to obtain free money in the form of a grant from the Government or a recognised world organisation or institution, such as the United Nations (UN).

According to the release, recent reports indicate that persons have received messages on social media about ‘a programme established by the United Nations in conjunction with the World Bank specifically for those who need assistance in getting a new house, paying bills, and to eradicate poverty in all UN countries.’

"Prospective victims are told they can qualify for a $25,000 grant by paying US$400," the release said.

The TTPS is advising citizens to be wary of claims such as; ‘Great News! You are eligible to receive a Government grant!’, ‘For a small fee you can obtain a government grant’ or ‘You won the government grant in a drawing.’

To assist investigations into these reports, citizens are being asked to report any attempts of these scams to the immediate attention of TTPS, should they be targeted.

The TTPS is also advising citizens to visit the official social media accounts of the various Government ministries for credible information on social welfare and other grants.

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