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Scammers targeting pensioners

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:20 PM
Robinson ... pensioners who have been approached by persons who ask for their pension books should report them to the police.

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson has warned pensioners of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to guard against scammers who have been targeting them in recent times.

In her presentation to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, Robinson said she was shocked to learn that scammers are preying on pensioners.

She said the scammers are pretending to be employees of the National Insurance Scheme and have been approaching pensioners, allegedly claiming that their pension rates are to be doubled.

They then request that pensioners hand over their pension order books, Robinson outlined.

She stressed that the ministry does not recall pension books for rate increases.

Robinson said pensioners who have been approached by persons who ask for their pension books should report them to the police.

The NIS pays more than 113,000 beneficiaries both locally and overseas.