Another Warning Over Social Media Scammers

April 17, 2018

The police continue to advise the “public to be vigilant regarding deceptive social media accounts impersonating Government officials.”

The police and Government have issued half a dozen warnings over these fake accounts, which have been been a problem since last year.

The scammer[s] are starting accounts purporting to be Ministers, MP and at least one former MP, with the fake accounts repeatedly sending messages to locals trying to solicit money under the guise of various programmes.

It is understood the accounts are being reported to the social networks, and some are being removed, however it appears the scammer[s] are starting new accounts after the intial fake ones are being removed.

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service continues to advise members of the public to be vigilant regarding deceptive social media accounts impersonating Government officials.

“These fake social media profiles are being used to contact individuals and make demands of money for alleged Government initiatives and proposals.

“In one recent example a request alluded to the Bermuda Government offering grants and if persons were interested, they should send $700 to an undisclosed location via FedEx and in return, they would receive a $50,000 grant.

“Residents should be aware that this is a scam and are advised to verify any online messages they may receive claiming to be from a member of parliament – by calling the Government of Bermuda on 295-5151.

“Ask to speak with a Department of Communications representative regarding the supposed online proposal or initiative before divulging any personal information.

“Anyone with any information regarding the individual[s] creating or using these fraudulent social media accounts is asked to contact the main police telephone number 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477.”

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  1. The Original Truth™ says:

    Get used to the scams. Lot’s will arise with introduction of ICOs.

  2. wahoo juice says:

    Well de biggest scam dat I know was on July 17 when we got hoodvinked agen!