THE OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER Peter O’Neill has alleged that Papua New Guinea is a victim of ‘financial scheme terrorists’.
The PM’s Office says it has been made aware of the presence of fraudulent agents and marketing representatives of international media and publishing companies in PNG.
These people are said to visit ministerial offices, departments and agencies soliciting interviews and policy materials for publication.
They pose as journalists, financial consultants and economists, “making believable cases of wanting to publish information” and have succeeded in convincing unsuspecting government entities to pay large sums of money to fraudulent entities.
It seems PNG has become the latest target for these fraudsters – who are said to represent as many as 28 ‘companies’ - and phony ‘publications’ have cost PNG almost K2.6 million in the last 12 months.
The press statement said prime minister Peter O'Neill is “very concerned with the influx and activities of these agents and marketing representatives who are prowling around the city of Port Moresby”.
“Refrain from making any financial commitments until proper verification and due diligence is carried out on the credentials of these people and organizations they profess to represent,” said Mr O’Neill