Saturday 4 April, 2020

GKMS takes customer protection message to the streets

Hundreds of residents of Christiana, Manchester and surrounding areas, braved the rain last month and packed the Barbecue Parking Lot in the town to hear the GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) team bring to them “WU in Di Streets”.

Launched in December 2017, WU in Di Streets is an “edutainment” community tour being done by GKMS, aimed at informing and educating customers about the issues surrounding customer protection wrapped around entertainment.

The Christiana stop was the second in an island-wide journey.

Along with entertainment in the form of dance and deejay competitions and a thrilling performance set from Digicel Rising Stars 2017 winner “Shortboss”, a strong anti-fraud message was repeated throughout the event.

Among the presentations was that of Corporal Dinstan Faulkner, attached to the Christiana Police.

“Scamming is mashing up Jamaica land we love and we need to stop it today,” he said.

Corporal Dinstan Faulkner addressing Christiana residents

Painting a vivid picture of the depth of the problem in Christiana, Cpl. Faulkner shared, “I went to a school the other day to talk to some little children and I asked one young man what did he want to become and he told me he wanted to become a scammer. This is where it has gotten, it has gotten to our youth and it is serious.”

He added, “we need to desist from this, so parents tell your kids, don’t get involved in scamming. Mama, Grandma if you have your son and you know he’s not working and you see him driving pretty car find out from him where him get the money and try to do something about it. Call the police and let them talk to him.”

Meanwhile, GKMS Senior Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience Noel Greenland shared practical customer protection tips with the audience. “It is very important that you do not collect money on behalf of other people. Anybody at all who says to you I will give you a money to collect money – tell

them NO!”

The next leg of WU in Di Streets is scheduled for February.

 

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