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No agent engaged to sell LCSD recreational, sports activities on the street

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has not engaged any agent to help sell recreational activities or sports training courses on the street.

The above statement was made after a suspected fraud case came to the department's attention.

The case came to light earlier this week when the Integrated Call Centre received a telephone call from a woman, asking whether the LCSD had appointed a company as its agent to help promote recreational activities and sports training courses such as social dance and table tennis training courses.

The caller noted that her daughter, during a job interview, was told by the company that it was engaged by the LCSD to sell recreational activities or sports training courses on the street.

The company told the interviewee that if the promoter succeeded in selling a course, she would have to ask the client to deposit the course fee into a specified bank account. The company would then issue a confirmation letter to the client. The client could take the invoice and the letter to the headquarters of the LCSD for further arrangements.

Feeling suspicious, the woman called the Integrated Call Centre to verify whether there had been such an arrangement.

The LCSD confirmed that it had no such arrangement with the company or with any other companies.

The department has reported the case to the Police and so far nobody has approached its headquarters with such an invoice.

The LCSD urged job seekers to be on the alert for this suspected fraud and people encountering these promoters on the street should be cautious and report them to the Police.

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