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Police warn of fake social-media adverts

Police reminded residents to be aware of fake advertising on social media that promised quick financial gains or other offers that sound too good to be true.

A spokesman for the Bermuda Police Service said that the posts or direct messages often used the likeness of local public figures and copy the designs of news outlets to make them look more legitimate.

He explained: “Many of these fraudulent social-media adverts appear as sponsored posts.

“Here are some quick ways to tell if an enticing social-media post or direct message is suspicious: spelling and grammatical mistakes; the link used for more information does not match the website expected and connects to a different webpage.

“Once again, members of the public are urged not to divulge personal information or send any money to unknown persons that randomly make contact over the internet.”

To report a cybercrime, call 211 or use the police online community reporting portal at portal.police.bm/.

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Published May 26, 2024 at 2:14 pm (Updated May 26, 2024 at 10:16 pm)

Police warn of fake social-media adverts

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