CHPA warns of scammers using fake presidential account

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) has sent out a stern warning about a fake Facebook profile under the name of President David Granger, which has been extorting monies from persons in exchange for land.According to the Authority, the sham was set up through a profile named “His Excellency President David Granger” and has been informing persons that the Ministry of the Presidency is distributing housing units to interested persons. Persons are being asked to make a down payment through the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company’s (GTT) Mobile Money system and the money disappears, the CH&PA said on Saturday.“We are asking members of the public to be wary of scammers who may want to rob them of their hard-earned monies. The operation of a fake Facebook profile in the name of His Excellency President David Granger, informing the public that the Ministry of the Presidency is allocating 20 housing units to interested persons was brought to our attention. Interested persons are being asked to make a down payment of $350,000 through GTT’s Money Mobile System to an unknown account,” a statement said.The CH&PA has denied its involvement in any such programme under the Ministry of the Presidency or other agencies. Further, legitimate programmes do not require payments through Money Mobile transfers, but rather through the Central Housing and Planning Authority’s Brickdam office or its regional offices.Persons have been reporting these fraudulent matters and the Authority has encouraged for such to be done in any future matters. Just two months ago, First Lady Sandra Granger had cautioned about her name being used under the pretext of scholarships.Addressing the issue, the First Lady said, “All scholarships offered by the Government are offered through the Department of Public Service… If you are informed that you are to get a scholarship, check it out, call and find out…These crooks are taking advantage of the naivety and the sensitivities of the people they are approaching… It is really a scam of the worst order because people are taking advantage of other people’s vulnerabilities. These people are going from one extreme to the next to make easy money out of vulnerable people.”In April, a fraudster, Muhammad Ali, was arrested and placed before the court for impersonating the First Lady and tricking citizens into transferring money to him. The fraud managed to obtain 12 pennyweights of gold, worth $139,000 and $30,000 in GTT and Digicel phone cards, while pretending that he was in the position to grant scholarships to a young woman.last_img read more

Hugo Lloris believes France’s new generation are ready for the ‘best level’

first_imgTottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has no doubt Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and the rest of France’s “fantastic” new generation would flourish in the Premier League.England were torn apart by the dynamic French attack on Tuesday evening, when Raphael Varane’s video-assisted sending-off at the start of the second half surely prevented the victory margin being greater than 3-2.Ousmane Dembele, the 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward, capped a fine performance with the winning goal, which was set up by outrageously talented 18-year-old Mbappe.The striker continues to be linked with a big-money exit from Monaco – as does team-mate Lemar, with Tottenham said to be among those interested in the attacking midfielder.Lloris grinned when asked if he had spoken to Lemar about Spurs, saying: “You are right to ask the question, but I cannot reply.”And the France captain is enthralled by the potential of his young compatriots.“The Premier League is very exciting,” Lloris said. “All the Premier League clubs have the capacity and the ability to bring the best players in the world.“In France we used to have a lot of talented players, and it’s true that the new generation are fantastic, but we need to give them time to get the right maturity.“But as they showed (on Tuesday), they are ready to compete at the best level. Let’s see what will happen in the Premier League.”France boast such attacking strength in depth that the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet and Alexandre Lacazette were unused substitutes against England.They were able to call on the world’s most expensive player, though, and Paul Pogba shone after a season of scrutiny at Manchester United.“Maybe he had some things to prove because he belongs to one of the best clubs in the world and he plays in the Premier League, and he has to show his level,” Lloris said.“(On Tuesday) he was fantastic as a midfielder, he helped the team a lot to manage the ball.“I have no doubt that he will get better and better.”The same surely goes for the Les Bleus as a collective, putting them among the favourites for next summer’s World Cup.An uncharacteristic Lloris mistake allowed Sweden to win and usurp them at the top of their qualification group on Friday, but with such exciting, young attackers few expect them to falter in their quest to reach Russia.“We have a lot of players who are very unpredictable, because in one versus one they can make the difference,” Lloris added. 1 Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe have been linked with moves to the Premier League last_img read more