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RCIPS breaks down latest Facebook scam

More people in Cayman have been targetted by online financial scams over the past few weeks and two RCIPS detectives have urged residents on Friday (12 October) to exercise caution online.

They said scammers are posing as well-known political figures – including the Premier – and extorting victims on Facebook.

Police Cyber Unit Detective Anhill Carsana broke down why the fraudsters are having success.

“It seems like this newer generation of scammers, they speak English a lot better,” Mr. Carsana said.

“They communicate as if they could be the original person, they don’t sound like they’re speaking African English, so you’re bound to get caught up in it, if you’re not aware,” he added.

Financial Investigator Karen Harrison had some advice on how you can protect yourself from getting caught up in online extortion.

“Do not accept friend requests from these people, go back to the old ways of picking up the phone and calling that individual, it’s very important and key,” Ms. Harrison advised.

“When it comes to money, pick up the phone before you send off a wire,” she said.

The detectives also said Cayman was being exploited by international scammers, trading off stereotypes about the island to persuade victims that vast sums of money are waiting for them here.

Anyone who believes they have been targetted by online scammers is urged to contact the RCIPS.

About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at carolinejames@hurleysmedia.ky or 326-2243.

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