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21 People In Macuata Scammed Out Of $3150

The 23-year-old man never thought the scammer would falsely promise to secure them jobs with the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA).
23 Jul 2020 12:49
21 People In Macuata Scammed Out Of $3150

Dhiren Chand along with 20 other people of Seaqaqa, Macuata Province are victims of a $3150 scam.

The 23-year-old man never thought the scammer would falsely promise to secure them jobs with the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA).

“I can still remember the scammer, whom I call brother, contacted me through a phone call, Viber and messenger two weeks ago,” Mr Chand said.

“He said he was working in FRA and there were jobs available from July 7. All I had to do was to pay $150 for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).”

Through M-Paisa, Mr Chand sent the scammer money and then the scammer called again asking to look for more people claiming jobs were available.

“I resigned from my job in Savusavu as an electrician and searched for 20 unemployed people and advised them to pay $150 each,” he said.

“Since they didn’t have M-Paisa, they paid me and I used my account to deposit to the scammer. I only realised this was a scam when there was no response since last Thursday. I then received a new number saying that he was superior of FRA and was aware of the 21 applications.”

He then reported the matter at Seaqaqa Police Station.

“The sad part is that the person whom I treated as a brother cheated and made me jobless. What is more worse is that I have to fork out money to pay these 20 applicants. My wife also resigned from her job and now we are both jobless. No one should take advantage of this coronavirus pandemic in the wrong way by making a person jobless and pennyless,” the father of one child said.

He said he hoped the scammer would be arrested soon.

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said no arrest has been made and the matter was still being investigated by Seaqaqa Police officers.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore confirmed earlier that a Police investigation was underway in regards to a false recruitment process related to non-existent job openings making rounds in the Northern Division.

He said job seekers were urged to enquire first at the organisation should they have any suspicions about advertised positions at the authority.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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