The financial Crime unit is advising the public to beware of strangers contacting them on Facebook offering them employment opportunities.
These individuals will add you as a friend on Facebook and starts a friendly conversation with you. Thus far, we have seen where persons are offered to conduct surveys on behalf of these strangers, mainly to provide feedback on money transfer services operating here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Once you accept their proposal and employment opportunity, the fraudster would request your personal information and also your bank account details in order for them to transfer money to your account. The money that is transferred to you, is for you to conduct your survey.
Once the money is transferred to your account you will be given information and instruction to transfer the money to a third party. You will also be asked to provide feedback on the services of that money transfer agency as part of your survey.
The fraudster will instruct you to deduct your commission from the monies transferred to your account. The monies that are transferred to your account are stolen funds and on most occasions are stolen from another customer of that same banking institution.
Persons are asked not to follow any links emailed to them asking them to update their banking information. These emails appeared to be coming from your bank, however they are been sent by hackers who are phishing for information.
Once you follow the link provided and update your information the hackers will have your banking information and will transfer monies from your account.
If you are a victim or know anyone who have been affected please contact the Financial Crime Unit on 1-649-941-4450