Be careful

A local attorney is cautioning the public to avoid being tricked by an individual using his image on social media platforms in what he said appears to be a scheme to defraud people seeking employment in the overseas work programme.

Andre Sean Marriott-Blake also said he has reported the matter to the police’s Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) for investigation and action.

In a statement on the matter, Marriott-Blake said he recently learnt that “an unscrupulous individual (or group of individuals) who goes by the Facebook account name ‘Kevin Chambers’ and the TikTok account name ‘@official_kevinchambers’ has been utilising numerous photographs from my personal social media platforms, passing them off as his likeness on his platforms in pursuit of what appears to be a fraudulent overseas work programme recruitment scheme”.

Marriott-Blake said the photographs utilised by the individual “include, among them, photographs with me and other public officials, ostensibly to give an impression of legitimacy to unsuspecting targets”.

He said that in addition to referring the matter to C-TOC, he and several of his associates, friends and colleagues immediately reported the relevant pages.

“I wish to categorically, unreservedly, and unequivocally state that I have no association with the accounts and/or the individuals associated with this dastardly scheme, nor do I have any knowledge as to the perpetrator(s) behind same,” the attorney said.

“As an officer of the court, a public servant, and a former national youth ambassador of Jamaica who has worked zealously and consistently over the years to build a strong brand and reputation, I am particularly distressed by this situation which is clearly aimed at taking advantage of vulnerable individuals, with the collateral effects of sullying my personal and professional brand and compromising my safety and that of my family,” Marriott-Blake added.

He also encouraged the public to exercise caution and due diligence when engaging in any financial transactions with people online, adding, “Should anyone have fallen victim to this scheme, or have any information which may assist with the investigation, please report same to C-TOC or your nearest police station.”

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