The police have issued yet another warning about deceptive social media accounts impersonating Government officials.
There have been repeated warnings over these fake accounts, which have been been a problem since 2017, and involve the scammer[s] 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.
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.