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Beware of Online Scam



Providenciales, TCI, September 14, 2016 – Press Release from the RT&CIPF:   In a few short months, the holiday season will begin to heat up, more people will be shopping online, and more criminals will be trying to steal their information and with the advances in electronic communication, they don’t necessarily need to be face to face to steal from you.  Scams are always evolving, and criminals can go to great lengths to cause people to part with their money.

The Financial Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continue to investigate instances of individuals being subject to crime on the internet, and despite persons telling their stories of how they have been victims of these criminal activities, persons are still making themselves vulnerable and easy targets by not taking the necessary steps to protect their online activities and sometimes, they just cannot resist the false rewards offered in partaking in the scam.

You might have seen lately on your Facebook newsfeed-or on other Social Media outlets that Facebook is hiring.  It seems that they’re looking for people interested in joining their “Work at Home Program” and making money from the comfort of their bedroom.  There are mentions of the program being featured on CNN, US Today, or ABC. This leads you to believe that the program will bring in thousands of dollars a month.  You are required to open the application page, then asked to provide your name and email address to ‘check availability.’

A next page will then pop up congratulating you on being eligible.  That’s when you are invited you to download a ‘Facebook Millionaire’ kit for only four dollars.  However, little do you know that your credit card will be charged $94 per month for continued access.   Facebook does not have this program.   It’s a fake. Ignore the “Make Millions from the Comfort of Your Home” deals, especially if they come with a “Limited Positions Available” tag.

Here are some simple steps to help protect yourself against scammers.

If it sounds too good to be true… It probably is!

■ NEVER send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know and trust.

■ ALWAYS seek independent financial and/or legal advice before making any investment or purchasing decisions.

■ NEVER rely solely on advice from the person trying to sell you the service or investment.

Protect your personal information:

■ NEVER give your personal or bank account details to people you don’t know and trust.

■ ALWAYS contact your bank, financial institution or service provider if you have been contacted by a scammer posing to be your Bank.

■ DON’T use the numbers provided on the email to confirm an email’s legitimacy before replying.



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Caribbean News

It’s the 10GB of Christmas with Digicel



#TurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – Digicel rewards customers with more this Christmas and all throughout 2023 with 10GB any use data every month.

The holiday season is a time for being thankful, so Digicel has taken on an attitude of gratitude and is thanking customers by rewarding them with more from now until the end of 2023.

Through Digicel’s exclusive Christmas plans, customers will get 10GB of data every month, for all of 2023, when they buy and stay on the plan. This also goes for new customers who have bought a SIM and/or those who take advantage of the Ultimate Christmas Combo to get a brand new discounted Samsung A23 smartphone and Christmas plan.

Customers can look forward to more data; more minutes; more rewards and prizes with Pick & Win in the MyDigicel app; more speed, reliability and coverage on the fastest network; and more savings and discounts on our devices and SIMs.

Addison Stoddard, CEO of Digicel Turks & Caicos said, “We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, it’s the Christmas that keeps on giving at Digicel, so we’re offering our customers the gift that keeps on giving when they sign up and stay on any of our Christmas plans; whether it be a 3, 7 or 30 Day Prime Plus Bundle. Every month, new and existing customers who activate a Christmas plan this holiday season will get 10GB any use data, on us, when they remain on the plan all year long. For us, it’s all about continuing to put our customers first, and thanking them for every interaction they have with us.”

Customers can also win more in the MyDigicel app through Pick & Win, the new gamified way to be rewarded for any interaction with Digicel. Whether it’s switching to join the Digicel family, buying a plan, or paying bills in full and on time, customers will get the chance to Pick & Win lots of cool prizes

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USVI Natural Resources Dept tackles illegal sand mining



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


#USVI, December 1, 2022 – Recent reports of people taking large amounts of sand from beaches illegally have been on the increase in the US Virgin Islands.  The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) is urging citizens to refrain from doing this.

The DPNR announced that those found guilty could be charged a fine of $10,000 daily.

While they are unaware of what the illegally mined sand is being used for, the DPNR said it cannot be used for construction.

“In seawater, chloride is present, causing corrosion of steel and iron, which ultimately leads to reducing carrying capacity, so that the structure built using this may not be sustainable,” the DPNR said.

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Cruise Trippers bought big with Carnival Cruise Line on Cyber Monday



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


December 1, 2022 – Cyber Monday isn’t just for electronics!  Potential vacationers broke a Carnival Cruises Cyber Monday record for bookings, purchasing 50 per cent  more tickets than 2019’s pre-pandemic shopping day.

The cruise line announced the record bookings on Tuesday, November 29th.

The company cited a successful launch campaign of the new Carnival Celebration which visited Grand Turk recently and the three additional ships joining the fleet over the next 18 months, as major ticket pushers.

“The Cyber Monday sale activity showed consumer demand across the fleet, and we were particularly pleased with the booking activity for Carnival Venezia’s new year-round service from New York, and our new extended six-month program for Carnival Magic out of Norfolk,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Our very successful naming ceremony for Carnival Celebration on November 20 and all the media coverage it generated clearly kept Carnival top of mind as vacationers got started on their holiday shopping yesterday.”

They say the pent-up demand for cruising has manifested in multiple ways in 2022, as Carnival was the first major cruise line to have its entire fleet back in operation and it now has more rooms than it was sailing in 2019.

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