A scammer known to locals on Tanna simply as Johnson has reportedly been conning people to give him money so he can pay their Police clearance promising them work recruitment with the South Sea Shipping (SSS).
Police reported that they have received a report from the SSS concerning calls from people from Tanna and other Islands asking about Johnson who claims to be a supervisor at SSS.
He has been promising work to people and convincing them to give money so that he can pay for their police clearance.
SSS denied having any employee by that name but has alleged that his real name is GUTI Zino Gregory Riman who is a new recruit who has not passed his medical and has not yet worked on the ship.
The SSS also confirmed with the Police that the man’s family are also looking for the man for the same reason that he has been misrepresenting companies for the past 2-3 years.
Police is appealing to the members of the general public that if you have been approached by this man or has given him some money for the purpose of police clearance to report to the Police or if you have any information regarding his where about to report to the Police.
Police is also warning the general public that before giving your money to somebody unknown or somebody that is claiming to be employed by a company or an agent, you have to confirm first the information given by the person and then cross-check with companies mentioned or the office of the Labour Department.