Police warn public of charity scams

Following
recent events in Haiti
people all across the world are doing what they can to assist, including
donating cash to charities.

The Royal
Cayman Islands Police Service Financial Crime Unit is seeking to remind Cayman Islands residents to make sure that they donate
through recognized organisations, and not give out personal or financial information
via the phone or email.

“I must stress
that we have not received any complaints suggesting that people have become
victims of scams,” RCIPS Detective Inspector Betty Ebanks said. “This is merely
a reminder to use the normal common sense approach when you are asked to make
donations.

“Our advice is
to make those donations through registered charities and the official bodies
set up specifically to provide relief for Haiti – these would include
churches, registered charities and financial organisations.

“Under no
circumstances should anyone consider giving out personal or financial
information via telephone or e-mail.”

Anyone with
concerns should contact the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit on 949-8797.

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