St Lucia Times has condemned what it believes is an obvious attempt to undermine the credibility of our news website which we have tried so hard to build and spread panic among the populace.
A fake news story with a link purporting to take the reader to St Lucia Times was created and posted on social media Sunday.
The story falsely claims that Saint Lucia has recorded a case of Coronavirus.
St Lucia Times NEVER published such a story and condemns not only the attempt to link us to it and damage our reputation, but to spread panic as well.
It is not the first time that we have been victim of fake news stories attributed to us.
In the past we have ignored such attacks against our credibility and our trustworthiness as a news source.
However, this latest attempt is too serious to ignore.
We have always prided ourselves on not getting it first, but getting it right.
That has been our modus operandi, and we cry shame, shame, shame on the person or persons who are obviously attempting to muddy our name and instill fear in Saint Lucians.
Sadly, the person or persons in their malicious attempt have also involved a neighbouring island.
We wish to advise our readers that should they ever get a link that takes them to a page on our web site and displays a “page cannot be found” error message, please check our official channels for verification.
Thankfully, several of our readers who alerted us to the scam recognized it for what it was.
One irate reader asserted that the person or persons who perpetrated the scam obviously knows something about technology and wanted to give the impression that St Lucia Times had published the erroneous story and later taken it down.
Our I.T. person explained that anyone can create a fake link in front of a legitimate website URL.
Clicking on such a link will display a ‘page not found’ error message.
We wish to assure our readers that we ARE NOT the source of the fake coronavirus story and thank you for your continued support and trust.
We have made formal request for the police to investigate this matter.