The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is warning the public to be extremely wary of online scams, in which persons are contacted by individuals about an opportunity to obtain free money in the form of a grant from the Government, or a recognised world organisation or institution such as the United Nations.

In a news release issued today, the TTPS reveals it has received recent reports of persons receiving messages on social media about “a program established by the United Nations in conjunction with the World Bank specifically for those who need assistance in getting a new house, paying bills and to eradicate poverty in all United Nations countries”.

According to the TTPS, prospective victims are told they can qualify for the $25,000 grant by paying US$400.

The TTPS is advising citizens to be wary of claims such as:

*  “Great News! You are eligible to receive a Government grant!”; or

*  “For a small fee you can obtain a government grant”; or

*  “You won the government grant in a drawing”.

The TTPS confirms that investigations into these reports currently are underway and it urges citizens to bring to the attention of the TTPS immediately, attempts of these scams.

The TTPS also is advising citizens to visit the official social media accounts of the various Ministries of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, for credible information on social welfare and other grants.