Scammers on the prowl: Labour Ministry warns of fake messages

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security is advising the public that fake what’s app messages and emails have been circulating regarding the distribution of food packages to persons with disabilities with the sole intention to deceive.

In asking for persons to desist, the ministry said that it is unfortunate that in these serious times persons are choosing to “misinform our clients.”

“The Ministry of Labour & Social Security through the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, (JCPD) is committed to the welfare of the most vulnerable persons in the society,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The JCPD notes with concern the high vulnerability of persons with disabilities in this time and encourages persons with disabilities and their families to follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Wellness for the prevention and control of the spread of the virus.” 

“We urge persons with disabilities to take action to reduce their exposure.  Wash or sanitize your hands frequently, do not touch face, eyes, nose or month and avoid public gatherings. The ministry encourages families and communities to look out for our people with disabilities and extend care and support where necessary,” the statement added.

To validate advisories, you may contact the Public Relations Unit at 876-967-5484 or visit our website at www.mlss.gov.jm.