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Be wary of tricksters this Christmas, say police

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:58 AM

Amid an increase in fraud cases, the police are warning citizens and business operators to be wary of tricksters this Christmas season. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis, who heads the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime division says the fraud schemes range from unauthorised access to financial accounts to the use of fraudulent credit and debit cards.

He also says criminals are presenting themselves to unsuspecting persons as suppliers of goods and services or as employees of various utility companies to gain access to their premises.

According to ACP Watkis, since last year, the police have investigated 120 reports of fraud involving use of the Internet, which resulted in losses totalling $450 million. 

For non-Internet-related fraud cases, the police have revealed that more than 100 reports were investigated up to the end of November this year, with losses totalling more than $500 million. 

The Police High Command has announced a number of measures to keep Jamaicans safe for the holiday season.

Chief among the measures is the deployment of 700 additional police personnel.