Financial police warn of potential Haiti scams

| 22/01/2010

Cayman Islands News, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Haiti fundraising scams(CNS):  In the wake of the devastating events in Haiti, the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit is warning people to watch out for scams connected to appeals for donations to help people in the disaster struck country. As a result of the earthquake, people all across the world are doing what they can to assist but the unit said the public should make sure they make their donations to recognised organisations, and that they do not give out personal or financial information via the phone or email.

“I must stress that we have not received any complaints suggesting that people have become victims of scams. This is merely a reminder to use the normal common sense approach when you are asked to make donations," said Detective Inspector Betty Ebanks of the FCU. “Our advice is to make those donations through registered charities and the official bodies set up specifically to provide relief for Haiti – these would include churches, registered charities and financial organisations. Under no circumstances should anyone consider giving out personal or financial information via telephone or e-mail.”

The unit said anyone who requires any further information, or who has any doubts about the authenticity of an organisation requesting donations, should call the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit. “One of  our officers would be happy to assist,” added Ebanks.

Anyone with concerns should contact the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit on 949-8797.

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  1. Hopeless says:

    What true wickedness!  I can’t believe anyone could feel more desparately in need of money than those poor Haitians that they would think it a good idea to scam people who can only help that horrendous situation by donating a few dollars.  That is below the bottom of the ladder…

    • Twyla Vargas says:

      You would be surprised, but that has been going on right here by certain churches with Hatian members conducting this operation.

      Why is it that church people must get themselves mixed up in these sort of scandals is beyond me.