Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has disclosed that a fake Instagram account has been created in the name of his wife, Raquel Du Boulay-Chastanet.
“This account has been messaging persons about supporting causes and other financial opportunities,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.
“The account on Instagram is @raquelduboulaychastaneet. You will notice that the surname has an extra “e” and that the impersonator has gone to great lengths to make the profile look authentic,” he observed.
“Again, I want to remind the public that at no point in time will my wife or any Government Minister message you directly via Facebook or Instagram to ask for your personal financial information or to make a donation towards a cause which cannot be verified,” Chastanet made clear.
“When following accounts of public figures, please ensure that you carry out some checks to ensure that the account is genuine,”the PM advised.
He said some of the things to look out for include:
1) Ensure that the spelling of the name and username is accurate
2) Whether there is a similar account using the same name
3) Most photos on impersonator accounts are posted without a caption
4) If you receive a message which involves you donating money or requests your financial details such as bank account and credit/debit card info this is a major red flag!
“Please continue to stay safe and remain vigilant,” the PM wrote.