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FCCC warns against online scams

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) is urging the public to exercise caution when encountering online advertisements claiming to offer free Government-sponsored medical insurance or similar benefits.

A series of online scams targeting Fijian seniors with offers of free health insurance have been identified by FCCC.

These scams are disseminated through various social media platforms and websites, prompting individuals to click on links to claim the supposed benefits.

The Commission strongly advises against interacting with such links, as they may lead to fraudulent websites aimed at collecting personal information.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Co-operatives, SMEs and Communications, Manoa Kamikamica said while the Government is committed to tackling such fraudulent activities through its multi-agency taskforce, citizens need to exercise vigilance as well.

“Official communication regarding government programs will come through verified channels, such as the Fiji Government and its Ministries’ social media pages and will include clear contact information from the respective ministry or government body,” he said.

“Please double check through our official channels before you give out any personal information. It is up to you as citizens to remain vigilant against these deceptive tactics, which can result in financial losses and personal distress.”

FCCC Chief Executive Joel Abraham, added, “The true threat of these scam advertisements is how sophisticated they are. You can be easily misled if you do not do your due diligence, which is why we urge the public to always be skeptical of such offers. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

“Never click on any links or buttons in these ads. These are tactics used by scammers to phish for personal information or install harmful software on your devices.”

The public is advised to always verify the authenticity of any offer by contacting the official government helpline, refrain from sharing personal, financial, or family information online, especially in response to unsolicited offers and avoid clicking on any links or buttons that promise government benefits without proper verification.

If you have been duped by such scams, please report them immediately to the Online Safety Commission or the Cyber Crime Unit of the Fiji Police Force.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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