Police warn about a Whatsapp employment scam

    Image of Whatsapp convo with the fraudsters

    Persons are being urged by the police to be wary of a social media scam where criminals are tricking victims into paying large sums of money for employment.

    In December 2018, several persons who are members of a WhatsApp group were falsely informed that they would be employed as riggers at an energy company, if they wired TT$3,000 to a Western Union account.

    Upon paying the money, the victims were told to attend an orientation programme carded for Tuesday 8th January, 2019.

    However, when they showed up for the orientation, they were told it was cancelled.

    Investigations into this matter are ongoing.

    However, the TTPS says as a general rule, if an offer is made online, on social media or otherwise appears too good to be true, then it is highly possible that it is a scam.

    Also, any transaction involving cash payment of large sums of money to unknown persons should be avoided.

    The TTPS says “If you have been a victim of social media scams carried out locally, you are advised to make a report to the nearest police station or call 999, 482-GARY or 800-TIPS.”