Barbadian Police warn of Scams against the elderly & abusing social media
Police are monitoring a trend that has been developing where retired elderly persons are being targeted by criminal elements. These criminals are contacting the persons by telephone and pretending that the calls are from a relative residing overseas, and delivering hard luck stories and claims that they are in need of desperate assistance and need funds; or in some cases they purport to be sending home items such as cars and will ask the retirees to pay over funds to persons to clear these items until they return. Without checking, the funds are paid to the fraudsters. Once the account of the victim (elderly) has been depleted, they more on to another.
Police are requesting that:
- ALL PERSONS TO BE AWARE of this scam and to note that these unscrupulous persons will change their methods;
- FAMILY MEMBERS must monitor their elderly relatives’ activities.
- The sums that have been taken were all large sums. So far police have arrested some of the known perpetrators involved and continue to seek other persons knowing to be involved.
- Any persons who may know of any persons involved in this type of behaviour or if they receive any such calls, contact us at telephone number 430-7189.
- The Royal Barbados Police Force is committed to the protection of all especially our senior citizens.
CRIMES COMMITTED USING SOCIAL NETWORKS
Crimes being committed using the social network is of concern to us. We are seeing a trend where the social network is being used by criminals in assisting in perpetrating criminal acts.
We have realized that ‘BB‘ messages had been sent to people to join contact groups. These messages usually come from persons purporting to be females. After a week or so of conversations, the criminals using this ruse are inviting the unsuspecting persons to meet with them (the ‘females‘) and to bring certain types of electronic equipment so that when they are together they can entertain each other.
Two persons have been arrested and charged jointly for cases of robbery:
- Rico Danny Kirton, 17 years, of Block 8B, Bonnetts, Brittons Hill, St. Michael; and
- Akeem Nathaniel Williams, 21 years of Fordes Road, Brittons Hill, St. Michael.
They appeared in the District A Magistrate Court and were remanded until 25 September 2013.
The Force is also asking persons, especially young persons, to be aware of these occurrences and to be cautious to what information they give out about themselves on the social media.
- David Welch; Insp.
RBPF’s Public Relations Officer