PRESS RELEASE

 

11 September, 2021

MINISTRY URGES THE PUBLIC TO BE VIGILANT ON POSSIBLE HOUSING GRANT SCAMS

It has come to the attention of the Ministry that a person having a profile on Facebook is pretending to be an agent of the Ministry in assisting with First Home Grant Applications.

It has come to the attention of the Ministry that a person having a profile on Facebook is pretending to be an agent of the Ministry in assisting with First Home Grant Applications.
















Postings made by the person on Facebook


“We do not accept direct applications, nor do we employ agents or middlemen to accept applications on our behalf for our First Home and First Land grant programmes,” said Mr Perera.

Mr Perera also confirmed that the only legitimate way to apply for these programmes is through your Bank, Housing Authority of Fiji, Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources or iTaukei Land Trust Board.

Mr Perera also confirmed that these services do not attract any fees or charges.

“We do not charge any fees or charges for processing the First Home/First Land Grant applications. If anyone approaches you for assistance at a fee or a charge, be cautious - you could be the next victim of another scam,” said Mr. Perera.

First Home Grant application forms are available on the Ministry website - www.housing.gov.fj and also available with all Commercial banks and Housing Authority.

“Applications are processed strictly on a first come- first serve basis. So, if anyone approaches you saying he/she can fast track the processing of application at a fee, that’s a false statement. We urge public to be careful of such activities and inform us,” said Mr. Perera.

The Ministry urges all Fijians to be cautious of those who would pretend to be representatives of the Ministry and request public to inform the Ministry of any such suspicious activities.

More information on all housing assistance programmes can be obtained by calling the Ministry on 330 9918 or emailing the Ministry at infohousing@govnet.gov.fj

For further information please contact:

Mr. Sanjeeva Perera

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Housing and Community Development

Email: sanjeeva.perera@govnet.gov.fj

Tel: 3304 364

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