Minister targeted in fake Facebook page

| 27/10/2017 | 5 Comments
Cayman News Service

Tara Rivers’ Facebook page

(CNS): Tara Rivers, the home affairs and financial services minister in the Cayman government, is the latest politician to become the target of scammers on social media. Police are warning that the fraudsters have created the fake Facebook profile to solicit money from those following the minister on Facebook. The RCIPS Financial Crime Unit is investigating but also taking this opportunity to raise awareness about the use of fake Facebook profiles for fraud.

Detectives are asking the public to be wary of any solicitations for financial details or donations via Facebook.

“These should be handled very carefully and authenticated, especially when received from Facebook pages that appear to be the profile of a public figure,” the FCU stated.

Any suspicious instances can be reported to the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit at 949-8797 or via email at [email protected].

The correct url for Tara Rivers’ Facebook page is  facebook.com/TaraRiversCayman/

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yawn!!




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  2. Anonymous says:

    Who cares! She didn’t do a dam thing last time elected and she won’t do anything this time around.




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  3. Anonymous says:

    This is why elected officials in other countries and jurisdictions have verified accounts and pages, to avoid this kind of confusion and the risk of these kinds of incidents. Look around on social media, multiple MLAs and others have accounts on twitter, Facebook and Instagram that can easily be recreated to fool voters.

    Yes Cayman is a small jurisdiction but even local legislators and law enforcement in other jurisdictions have verified accounts so that people can stay up to date with information and ensure that they aren’t following any random person.

    This is a quote from the twitter support page for example:

    https://support.twitter.com/articles/20174631

    “The blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic.
    We approve account types maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas. If you believe your account is of public interest and should be verified, this article outlines information about submitting a request.”

    In most instances the verification is simply meant to show the authenticity of a profile or group it is not necessary for the person to be famous or part of pop culture, Cayman as usual is stuck living in the past while the world rushes ahead of us, 10 seconds of research and a little bit of effort from the government and the other MLAs could save everyone the hassle of having to worry about fake accounts.

    Diogenes




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    • Anonymous says:

      Blue badge lol…woo….trick or treat. You can’t talk to them in real life much less social media, I’d say she need to do her job, clearly people are frustrated.




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