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Impersonator Mistakenly Offers Permit To Fiji Sun Staff

Despite numerous warnings by the Land Transport Authority to people impersonating LTA officers, some are still caught engaging in the act. LTA chief executive officer, Naisa Tuinaceva has strongly warned
13 Mar 2016 13:28
Impersonator Mistakenly Offers Permit To Fiji Sun Staff
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Despite numerous warnings by the Land Transport Authority to people impersonating LTA officers, some are still caught engaging in the act.

LTA chief executive officer, Naisa Tuinaceva has strongly warned the public that impersonation was a crime and those caught would be dealt with harshly under the law.

A Fiji Sun senior staff member yesterday experienced firsthand the illegal dealings carried out by someone impersonating an LTA officer based at its head office in Valelevu, Nasinu.

Below is a brief timeline of what had happened:

11.28am- The Fiji Sun staff received a call from a man using the name Dinesh who called to inform the staff that his application for taxi and minivan permits had been approved. The staff told the so-called Dinesh that he never once had applied for any permit. Dinesh however said that the application form had the staff member’s contact but the applicant was a Vinod. He then told our staff member to cross- check and he would get back to him.

11.33am- Dinesh called again and told our staff member that he had just found out that the applicant, Vinod, had migrated overseas and since his application had been approved, he could transfer the permit to our staff member’s name. He then again said he would call back on the details of how to go about filling the form.

11.48am- Dinesh called again asking for our staff member’s personal details such was his name, licence number and TIN number. The staff member then gave him all his details to test him. Dinesh also told our staff member that he was at the LTA head office in Valelevu, Nasinu to which our man knew very well was closed on Saturdays.

12.15pm- He called our staff member again to inform him that he has already filled out all the necessary documents and attached it to the approved permit.

12.32pm- Dinesh called again to inform our staff member that the permit was for the MHCC base and that our staff had to pay $289 which included application and base fee. He also told our staff that he would call again to advise him on how to send the money.

12.46pm- He called again and said he would be texting the name of the person our staff member should send the money to via Western Union.

12.58pm- Dinesh called again to check if our staff member had received the message. The name sent to our staff was a ‘Lusiana Savuciri’.

1.20pm- Dinesh called our staff again to check if he was going to send the money. Our staff member told him that his ATM card was at home and he had to get his wife to get it so he could pay the money. Dinesh then advised him that as soon as he sent the money, he should call him to inform him and he would set a time where our staff member should come and sign the forms at LTA Valelevu.

Around 2pm when he was called again by a Fiji Sun female staff member, he denied his name was Dinesh and said his name was Suresh. Our staff then informed him that the senior staff member had left the money with her and instructed her to meet with him and pay the money instead of sending it via Western Union. He resisted and said that the money should only be sent via Western Union money transfer. He then also told our staff member to wait before he hung up and left his phone diverted.

Land Transport Authority’s general manager operations Faiyum Ali yesterday said the authority already had a few people under suspicion in the Western Division involved in these illegal acts.

Meanwhile, Mr Tuinaceva has also advised the public that they must note that the authority would not accept, process or attend to any request for PSV permit application because all PSV permits excluding Rental and Hire were on freeze since 2011.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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