Police issued a public warning for residents about the latest social media scam after three people were deceived this week, by giving in to an Instagram account by someone purporting to be Jessie Jae Allen.

Victims are urged to transfer a minimum of $200 to Jamaica via Blue Nile Services, an agent of Western Union.

Anyone who transfers the money requested is then informed that the funds will be invested in currency exchanges and that they can expect immediate payouts of up to $7,500.

Once the funds are transferred to Jamaica, the person sending the money is provided with a tracking number they purportedly can use to collect funds from their investments.

A police spokesman said the tracking number is fictitious and any attempts to recover any funds paid into the bogus account turns out to be unsuccessful.

The scam was reported to police by Blue Nile Services and the company is assisting with inquiries.

Meanwhile, in another recurring scam, police say someone recently reported being deceived by a phishing email that appeared to be from a local bank.

Police provided the following example:

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised that your online banking profile has been migrated to the new Online platform, you are required to complete a mandatory verification To continue using the new Online services.

Enter here to continue >>>

Note: account not verified soon may be disconnected from online service.

Kind regards,

Online Help Desk

Reference Number is 706874.

Members of the public were urged to disregard any email claiming to be from a local bank requesting verification of online banking credentials or username and password details because of software upgrades.

Another person also recently reported that they were deceived by a similar email that claimed to be from a local company that provides internet services.

The deceptive email in question provides a link for the recipient to apply email settings to avoid being locked out of their email account.

The police spokesman said phishing emails are often used to obtain personal information and other data that should be ignored.

Any incidents of suspected internet fraud should be reported to the Financial Crime Unit on 247-1757 or via the e-mail address [email protected].

Advice on how to avoid and report scams can also be found at https://www.gov.bm/how-avoid-and-report-scams.

 

 

 

The Bermuda Police Service is aware of a new social media scam currently in circulation that has already deceived at least three people locally this week.

 

Residents are recruited through an Instagram account belonging to a person purporting to be Jessie_Jae_Allen, that solicits the transfer of no less than $200 to Jamaica via Blue Nile Services, an agent of Western Union.

 

The person transferring the funds is then informed that any monies sent will be invested in currency exchanges and that they can expect immediate payouts of up to $7,500.

 

After sending the funds to Jamaica, the individual sending the money is provided with a tracking number, which they are told can be used to collect their investment funds.

 

However, this tracking number is fictitious and any attempts to recover monies are unsuccessful.

 

Blue Nile Services reported this scam to police and are assisting with relevant inquiries.

 

In a separate recurring scam, one person has recently reported being deceived by a phishing e-mail that appeared to be from a local bank.

 

–EXAMPLE–

 

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised that your online banking profile has been migrated to the new Online platform, you are required to complete a mandatory verification  To continue using the new Online services.

Enter here to continue >>>

Note: account not verified soon may be disconnected from online service.

 

Kind regards,

Online Help Desk

Reference Number is 706874.

 

–EXAMPLE–

 

Members of the public are reminded to disregard any e-mail claiming to be from a local bank that requests verification of online banking credentials or username and password details because of software upgrades – as such e-mails are undoubtedly fake.

 

Also, in a similar recurring scam, one person has recently reported being deceived by a phishing e-mail that claimed to be from a local internet services company.

 

The deceptive e-mail provided a link for the recipient to apply e-mail settings to avoid being locked out of their e-mail account.

 

These phishing e-mails are used to obtain personal information and other sensitive data and should be ignored.

 

Any incidents of suspected internet fraud should be reported to the Financial Crime Unit on telephone number 247-1757 or via the e-mail address [email protected].

 

Advice on how to avoid and report scams can also be found athttps://www.gov.bm/how-avoid-and-report-scams.