Warning to Local Businesses on Sint-Maarten Regarding Scam Attempts

The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) is alerting local businesses about a concerning rise in
fraudulent activities targeting companies on the island. The Fraud Department of KPSM is
actively investigating multiple incidents where businesses have been subjected to scam
attempts through deceptive emails requesting payments for purported services rendered.
Modus Operandi: The scammers have been utilizing fraudulent invoices, appearing
authentic, to deceive businesses into making unwarranted payments for services that were
never rendered. The Police Force has observed a pattern where these misleading emails
request payments for work purportedly completed.
Current Investigations: The Fraud Department of KPSM is actively investigating several
cases related to these scams. The Police Force is working diligently to identify and
apprehend those responsible for these fraudulent activities.
Police Advisory: In light of these incidents, the Sint-Maarten Police Force strongly advises
all local businesses to exercise extreme caution and vigilance when handling invoices and
making online payments. It is crucial for businesses to:

  1. Verify Invoices: Cross-check and verify the authenticity of all invoices received,
    especially those requesting payment for services rendered.
  2. Communication Confirmation: Independently confirm the legitimacy of any
    payment request through direct communication with the relevant parties, using
    contact information obtained from reliable sources.
  3. Employee Awareness: Educate employees about the risks of fraudulent activities
    and establish clear communication channels to report any suspicious emails or
  4. Report Suspicious Activity: Businesses are encouraged to report any suspicious
    emails, invoices, or activities to the Sint-Maarten Police Force immediately.

Contact Information: For reporting suspicious activity or seeking assistance related to
potential scams, please contact the Fraud Department of the Sint-Maarten Police Force:
At +1721-5422222.