Adrian Frater, News Editor
Montego Bay businesswoman Donna Bullock-Stennett is now in a quandary as someone has used her name, personal information and the name of her business to place an advertisement in the press soliciting funds from persons seeking overseas employment.
"I have absolutely nothing to do with it. I have no Canada programme running at this time," said a distraught Bullock-Stennett. "This is a scam being carried by a person or persons unknown to me."
Bullock-Stennett is the owner/operator of Bullock's Employment Agency, which is located at Uptown Plaza at 68 Barnett Street, Montego Bay, St James.
While the account number being used for the scam is unknown to Bullock-Stennett, persons who have been fleeced have been given her name, telephone contact and business establishment as the place to contact for further information.
"I became aware of this scam when somebody came to my office to make enquiries as they were about to make their first lodgement of J$4,000, which was to be followed by another payment of CDN$200," said Bullock-Stennett. "He told me that he was responding to an advertisement he had seen in the press."
Subsequent checks by Bullock-Stennett showed that an advertisement had indeed appeared with her personal information and an unknown account - 109687, which was assigned to an individual with the name Sheicka Hamilton.
"I told the gentleman not to pay any money and I promptly reported the matter to the police," said Bullock-Stennett.
In addition, Bullock-Stennett placed a call to the number, which appeared with the advertisement and actually managed to speak to the fraudster, who is using the name Kevin Cox.
"I pretended that I wanted to get into the programme and told him I met the requirements," said Bullock-Stennett. "I was instructed to submit my documents to the email address (BullockEmploymentAgency@gmail.com) and pay the J$4,000 and CDN$200 into the account given. I was also told to go my own address at Barnett Street to complete the application."
During the conservation with the fraudster, Bullock-Stennett became so agitated that she lost her cool, which resulted in the fraudster cutting off the call.
By going public, Bullock-Stennett wants to sensitise the public about the scam and at the same time seek to protect the reputation of a business she has worked hard to build.
"I just want this to stop," said Bullock-Stennett. "I just want it to stop so that I can go on with my life."
The Montego Bay Fraud Squad has confirmed that the matter is under investigation.