ST. LUCIA-POLITICS-PM says fake social media accounts soliciting funds.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is promising that 'suitable action' will be taken against persons who have created fake social media accounts in his name and providing grant assistance for projects in St. Lucia.
'It has been brought to my attention that there are several fake accounts in my name contacting persons about Grant Assistance for projects,' Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page, adding 'please note that none of these accounts belong to me and at no time will I or any Government Minister message you directly about such programmes.
'I beg your assistance in reporting, sharing and notifying as many of your Facebook friends about these scams to avoid anyone losing their hard earned money. We are in the process of identifying the scammers and suitable action will be taken against these individuals,' he wrote.
Chastanet is not the only Caribbean government leader or minister in recent times to have his or her Facebook page hacked into or fake social pages opened in their name. Similar situations have arisen in Guyana, Belize, Grenada and the Bahamas.