Fijians warned against possible housing grant scam
September 12, 2021 12:43 pm
Fijians have been warned not to engage with any agents or middlemen promising to secure First Home and First Land grants.
An individual has been making posts on Facebook claiming to help secure up to $30,000 in housing grant.
FBC News contacted the person behind the posts, and was told that his company is a contractor for the government. He also asked for copies of birth certificates, Tax Identification Number and a photo ID to be sent to him to process applications for housing grants.
However Permanent Secretary Housing Sanjeeva Perera says the ministry does not accept direct applications for the grants.
He adds the only legitimate way to apply is through a commercial bank, the Housing Authority of Fiji, the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, or the iTaukei Land Trust Board.
These services also do not attract any fees or charges.
The PS says applications are processed strictly on a first come – first serve basis and is advising Fijians are to be cautious of such suspicious activities.