Sunday 5 April, 2020

Coronavirus: More crooks taking advantage of the vulnerable

The public is advised to remain alert and vigilant to individuals attempting to take advantage of uncertainty during the current coronavirus situation. 

Last week, Commissioner of Police, Derek Byrne reported that individuals were going to homes in the Prospect area, indicating that they were COVID-19 employees conducting home sanitising. Mr Byrne confirmed that this was a scam. 

Today, reports have emerged of a fake account claiming to be from Minister O’Connor Connolly approaching members of the public about a cash grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The account goes on to offer the individual a link to apply.

The information contained in the message is incorrect and poses a potential risk to individuals who go on to click the link. The public is reminded to look to official sources for information on government financial support.

For information about government support offered to individuals facing financial difficulty due to coronavirus, please visit For information about other financial support offered by the government, please contact the Needs Assessment Unit on 946-0024.

It is a crime to produce and share disinformation in the Cayman Islands. The matter has been shared with the Chief Information Security Officer for the Cayman Islands Government and RCIPS for investigation.

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