Police investigate alleged fraud

The Fiji Police Force is currently investigating a case of an alleged fraud.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said a group of men were posing as businessmen and traders issuing dishonoured cheques for the supply of goods.

She said a report was received early this month whereby a trade was organised via Viber for the purchase of tyres to be delivered to Navua.

Ms Naisoro said the suspects, who would trade under the guise of well-known companies, would then pose as homeowners of a house up for rent where they would have the goods delivered. She said the first report received involved the exchange of more than $16,000.

“Once the supplier would enquire with the respective bank for payment, they would be advised that the cheque numbers did not correlate with their records and by the time that they would return to the place of delivery, the home would be empty,” she said.

Ms Naisoro said investigators had managed to recover the stolen tyres as they were resold to other unsuspecting buyers. She said investigators had also tracked down other similar transactions made in the Western Division.