Police are calling on members of the public to conduct business transactions using national ID cards rather than drivers permits after they made a major breakthrough in a fake identity scam.
The call follows the arrests of an imposter who impersonated a Barrackpore housewife and rented cars which were then sold to unsuspecting victims in South Trinidad.
The suspect was nabbed on Wednesday night during a sting operation at Grand Bazaar. Police officers led by PC Ali seized the imposter’s fake credentials even as she insisted that she was innocent. It is believed that the woman has been impersonating housewife Sheba Baksh-Soondar over the last month, conducting more than five transactions for illicit financial gain.
During an exclusive interview with Guardian Media, housewife Sheba Baksh-Soondar said the arrest of the imposter had finally brought some measure of relief to her and her family.
Baksh-Soondar said she never dreamed that she would be a victim of identity theft.
Recalling her trauma, Baksh-Soondar said she was at home with her four children on August 2 when a friend called her to say her name was being called on Ian Alleyne’s Crime Watch programme.