JUST six days into the new year and the Land Transport Authority has received complaints from the public on con artists demanding substantial amounts of cash in exchange for driving licences.
The situation has prompted the authority to issue a fresh warning that those involved in the illegal act will face the full brunt of the law if they are caught.
Authority CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said such activity involved some con men and middlemen who made attempts to lure customers for their personal gain.
"The LTA has received and filed a complaint from an individual member of the community who was approached by a conman requesting the complainant to pay $700 to $1000 in exchange for a driving licence," he said.
"Barely a week into the new year and such an activity is becoming an issue. We are advising the public to be very careful about con men and middlemen deceiving them with large and exorbitant amount of cash for a $14 licence.
"Why pay $700-$1000 for a $14 licence. People must not be deceived by someone who asks them such ridiculous amount.
"As far as the LTA is concerned, we don't entertain middlemen or a third party transaction as this has been enforced for a very long time and yet people are still caught in this web of con artists."
Mr Tuinaceva said the authority was aware of these criminal activities and it would ensure that those involved would be charged and prosecuted accordingly.