Thursday 20 February, 2020

RCIPS Warning: Beware of Instagram scammers impersonating Premier

The RCIPS Financial Crime Unit is currently investigating scams being conducted using accounts impersonating Government Ministers and other high-ranking members of the Civil Service, including the Premier, Hon. Alden McLaughlin and the Attorney General, Hon. Samuel Bulgin.

The FCU is aware of at least 12 fake Instagram profiles that are impersonating the Premier. The scammers are claiming to offer intended victims funds from a “United Nations Grant” of various sorts.

The public is being reminded that the Premier does not have an official Instagram account. Below are some of the Instagram profiles impersonating the Premier:

1) mclaughlin.alden

2) hon_alden_mclaughlin

3) hon_alden_mclauglin

4) hon.alden

5) mclaughlin_aldin

6) honorable_alden

7) gtaldenm

8) hon_mclaughlinald

9) hon_mclaughlin_jr1

10) mclaughlin_alden

Members of the public are advised not to communicate with any profiles that they suspect may be scammers, and to be wary of any solicitations for financial details or donations via Instagram or any other social media. If any member of the public encounters one of these fake profiles they are asked to take a screenshot and forward it to the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit by emailing RCIPS.FCU@gov.ky.

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