Fraud alert: Fake Facebook account offering housing services a scam

first_imgA number of persons are presently being contacted through social media with regards to opportunities of obtaining lands and/or houses from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) but Government said that this is a fraudulent act.The CH&PA on Monday said that it has no arrangements in place with GTT Mobile Money to accept payments for land, housing units or any other services offered by the agency.“It has come to our attention that members of the public were being contacted through Facebook about the possibility of purchasing lands or housing units from the agency by someone purporting to be Minister Valarie Patterson-Yearwood. The Facebook profile is a fake; in fact, the Minister does not have a Facebook profile,” the CH&PA stated.The agency said that it will be in contact with the police on the matter but members of the public are advised “to make contact with the agency’s enforcement unit in relation to complaints on the payment for lands, housing units or any other services being offered via the Facebook page”.In December 2017, the CH&PA had been investigating a scam in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) involving the sale of lands by an individual not authorised to conduct business on behalf of the agency.The issue had been brought to the CH&PA’s attention and indicated that a woman, claiming to represent the agency, scammed several persons of hundreds of thousands of dollars.At that time, the CH&PA stated that there were several other instances of the same scam artist eliciting money from vulnerable people, but noted that the victims are unwilling to come forward.The agency reiterated that all payments relating to the sale of land or housing units from the Central Housing and Planning Authority must be done at the agency’s Georgetown head office, Regional Housing Offices or Regional Democratic Council.In May 2017, the Office of First Lady Sandra Granger received many reports that residents of Georgetown and other areas in Guyana have been approached via phone calls and text messages with requests for payment in return for the opportunity to gain scholarships.According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency, the First Lady wanted to make it clear that her office has no such programme and would not request cash from private citizens.“Further, should anyone receive any such request, they should immediately report it to the nearest police station so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice,” the release concluded.last_img read more


first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA News:Football Aodh Ruadh bounced back from IFC elimination it ideal fashion with a resounding 5-19 to 3-5 league win over Urris. A comprehensive win and an impressive performance from Aodh Ruadh. In defence Niall Harley shone from the start, with Calum ‘Cookie’ O’Halloran also making good use of the ball. Nathan Boyle continued his good form from the IFC semi-final here with an acrobatic, all-action display of fetching, kicking and prompting. Diarmaid McInerney was on fire and was good value for his hat trick haul. Seamus Kane, Sticky Ward and David McGurrin made life a pure misery for the Urris defence, finishing with 2-7 between them and creating about the half as much again for others. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on Packie McGrath will be looking for his men to maintain the momentum this week as Aodh Ruadh head to Bridgetown chasing points against Naomh Bríd to maintain the pressure on Burt and Milford in division three’s top two places. The senior game throws-in at Páirc Naomh Bríd at 5pm and is preceded by the reserves at 3.30pm.Our Ballyshannon Shoe Company Indoor Winter Leagues got off to a rip-roaring start on Friday last with 36 under 8s giving it their all in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille. The Saints top the league after the first set of round robins, but it’s still very much all to play for this Friday on the final night of the under 8 league. We are playing from 6pm to 8pm with the second set of round robins followed by shield semi-final and final and then the cup final. Medals and trophies presented afterwards. Because we will be in the hall for two hours each night there will be a charge of €4 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Remember, great quality footwear available at our indoor league sponsors, Ballyshannon Shoe Company! The under 10 and under 12 indoor leagues will work on a similar format with the under 10 league running off on Friday October 23rd and Friday October 30th, while the under 12 league will take place on Friday 6th November and Friday 13th November. We have some pictures from last Friday’s action in the league up in the image gallery.There is a Bord na nÓg meeting on Wednesday 14th October. This will be our last monthly meeting before our AGM, so a big turnout is requested from all committee members.LadiesAodh Ruadh under 13 girls booked their place in the county final against Saint Eunan’s with a late late show against Buncrana in Father Tierney Park last Saturday. The Shamettes got off to the perfect start with shooting star Bridín Maguire hitting the net. Aodh Ruadh were on top for long periods of the half and there were further first half goals from Eimear O’Brien and Roisín Daly as Aodh Ruadh went in at the break leading 3-2 to 2-0. However the Inishowen girls upped the ante significantly after the interval. They raided for two quick goals before poaching their fifth of the day as Ballyshannon pressed to pull back the deficit. After that the Shamettes peppered the Buncrana goals with shots, but the Inishowen side put on a magnificent rearguard action and it looked very much like Aodh Ruadh were going to draw a blank from this tie. However with five minutes left Bridín Maguire hit a brilliant individual goal before bravely winning the penalty which put Ballyshannon back in front. After that the floodgates opened and the scores flowed for Aodh Ruadh. Roisín Daly and Ella Clancy added further goals as Buncrana were reeling. That scoring spree proved important as Buncrana hit a further 1-2 in the six minutes of added time to show their fighting qualities. Bridín Maguire was Aodh Ruadh’s player of the game with an outstanding attacking display, but this was a win built around the defence and midfield Leah Travers, Síofra Hughes, Lucy McGlynn, Aisling Gallagher and Caitlin McGarrigle were all superb in defence while the midfield pairing of Ella Clancy and Caoimhe Keon covered every blade of grass on the pitch in an immense display. Up front Bridín Maguire got great help from Eimear O’Brien and Katie O’Brien . The county final will be this coming weekend, but at the time of writing we still had no firm information on day, venue or time.HurlingBest of luck to Coláiste Cholmcille senior hurlers who are up against a strong Coláiste Fierste team in the Casement Shield quarter-final in the Tyrone Centre of Excellence at Garvaghey this Thursday.Advertise in Father Tierney ParkThe Club wishes to review and update the advertising hoardings at the Father Tierney Park. Each member of the Club Committee is asked to sell one hoarding before November 10th.  Details will be provided to club committee members in the coming week. Any business or organisation wishing to take a hoarding can make direct contact with of the club’s Park and Development Committee Officers, Tom Daly, John Magee, Conal Gallagher, David McLoone or Peter Conlon. Abbey Centre BingoLast week’s €400 bingo jackpot was won by Mrs Teresa Anderson of Cashelard. The snowball prize was not won, so now stands at €250 on 48 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10. The bingo team are requesting help from any volunteers happy to give up a couple of hours on the occasional Friday night, as the workload is falling on the shoulders of just a few. Anybody willing to help should contact David McLoone at 087-7760172, Conal Gallagher at 086-2112812, or Patsy Quinn at 087-1724940.Club kit for ChristmasWe still have official club shorts available to order. They are O’Neill’s, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We have samples available. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale for Christmas order. We have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on For further details call Chris on 0868813553. Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €1,500. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; Jack Lyons, East Rock; Liam McGowan, Cloghore; Teresa Herron, Bishop Street; and Barney Cullen, Cluain Barron.. Next draw in McGinley’s with a Jackpot of €1,600 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: SENIOR HURLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website,, or e-mail your request to [email protected] NEWS: AODH RUADH BOUNCE BACK FROM IFC SEMI-FINAL DEFEAT WITH WIN OVER URRIS was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more