LOCAL politicians created an uneasy night for their constituents by claiming a verification email sent out by the Department for the Economy about the NI voucher scheme was potentially a ‘scam’.
The email was sent out by the department and asked people who had been unsuccessful with the application process for documents as proof of identity.
Politicans who had not checked with the Department for the Economy thought that this email was the product of scammers and took to social media to voice their concerns.
West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan was one of the politicians who put out a warning on his social media, even claiming that the post was a “scam”.
In a Facebook post that was later deleted, Mr McCrossan said, “Do not answer these emails! This is a scam.
“Private and sensitive information should not be shared via email.
“DO NOT REPLY.”
This created confusion and panic among many who commented under the deleted post.
Some people had already provided private information that included bank statements, utility bills, their birth certificate and other private documentation.
One person commenting under the post said, “OMG, I fell for it and passed on my details.”
Another commenter said, “I got this in reference to my special needs son. If this is a joke it ain’t funny.”
Minister for the Economy, Gordon Lyons, who is in charge of the scheme, put a post on his social media explaining that the email sent out was not a scam and that he had…