Watch out for "fake notices", Shipping Corporation warns

Samoa Shipping Corporation has warned the public about the circulation of a false notice on social media that advised of the closure of ferry services between Savai’i and Upolu.

The corporation posted a message on its Facebook page on Wednesday debunking the rumour that has been circulated on social media.

The false notice stated that travel between Savai’i and Upolu will be closed until further notice and if there are any plans for the public to travel to Savai’i or Upolu, there will be an additional trip. 

The notice also asked people to contact the corporation’s office for further information which led to people calling the S.S.C office for an update on the issue.

In a bid to stop the misinformation, the corporation responded with an official notice on their Facebook page. 

"Please be informed that our sailing services are running on its normal schedule tomorrow until an official notice is released from us on this page on our website or through mainstream media.

"Please be aware there is a fake notice circulating on Facebook about our sailing services. Please do not take this as fact.

"If you have any questions leave a message on this page or private message or call us tomorrow for further information."

SSC General Manager, Leiataua Samuel Decca Phineas as well as the Operations Manager, Patea Raymond Taefu both expressed concern at the impact of the false notice on their operations.

"The notice that was on the social media yesterday, we found out in the afternoon and it was not from us. It's fake news," Leiataua told the Samoa Observer.

He said they immediately put a notice on their Facebook page to alert the public to the "fake notice" and confirmed that the schedule of domestic travel between Savai’i and Upolu remains unchanged with no cancellations. 

The corporation is trying to identify the source of the illegal Facebook post, the G.M. added.

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