Correctional services warns residents of extortion scam

2020-01-16 06:00

Correctional services has issued a statement, warning members of the public of a fraudulent scheme which extorts money from family members of newly incarcerated offenders at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison.

The area commissioner of Pollsmoor management, Clifford Mketshane, says there have been reports of family members receiving anonymous, threatening phone calls in relation to offenders at the prison.

“According to the B Order under Chapter 1 Admission of Prisoners, Standard Minimum Rule 44 (3), prisoners (un-sentenced and sentenced) must be given the opportunity to inform their next-of-kin of their admission to prison and furnish the address details themselves (should they so wish). If the prisoner does not wish his/her next-of-kin to be informed of his/her imprisonment, this must be indicated on the back of the warrant and the prisoner must sign next to this entry.”

Mketshane says certain offenders manipulate this right by offering an unauthorised cellphone to newly incarcerated offenders.

“By doing so they now have the contact details of the family at hand and this gives them the opportunity to extort money from family members of the newly incarcerated offender.”

He says that a call received from a cellphone number by someone purporting to be a correctional services official should not be regarded as an official call.

“The correctional centre admissions office will phone you from a landline to inform you where the offender is incarcerated and if he or she has bail or a fine that needs to be paid,” says Mketshane.

V For more information on visits or the whereabouts of an offender, sentenced or unsentenced, call Pollsmoor switchboard on 021 700 1170.

Correctional services has issued a statement, warning members of the public of a fraudulent scheme which extorts money from family members of newly incarcerated offenders at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison.

The area commissioner of Pollsmoor management, Clifford Mketshane, says there have been reports of family members receiving anonymous, threatening phone calls in relation to offenders at the prison.

“According to the B Order under Chapter 1 Admission of Prisoners, Standard Minimum Rule 44 (3), prisoners (un-sentenced and sentenced) must be given the opportunity to inform their next-of-kin of their admission to prison and furnish the address details themselves (should they so wish).

“If the prisoner does not wish his/her next-of-kin to be informed of his/her imprisonment, this must be indicated on the back of the warrant and the prisoner must sign next to this entry.”

Mketshane says certain offenders manipulate this right by offering an unauthorised cellphone to newly incarcerated offenders.

“By doing so they now have the contact details of the family at hand and this gives them the opportunity to extort money from family members of the newly incarcerated offender.”

He says that a call received from a cellphone number by someone purporting to be a correctional services official should not be regarded as an official call.

“The correctional centre admissions office will phone you from a landline to inform you where the offender is incarcerated and if he or she has bail or a fine that needs to be paid,” says Mketshane.

V For more information on visits or the whereabouts of an offender, sentenced or unsentenced, call Pollsmoor switchboard on 021 700 1170.

Correctional services has issued a statement, warning members of the public of a fraudulent scheme which extorts money from family members of newly incarcerated offenders at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison. The area commissioner of Pollsmoor management, Clifford Mketshane, says there have been reports of family members receiving anonymous, threatening phone calls in relation to offenders at the prison.

“According to the B Order under Chapter 1 Admission of Prisoners, Standard Minimum Rule 44 (3), prisoners (un-sentenced and sentenced) must be given the opportunity to inform their next-of-kin of their admission to prison and furnish the address details themselves (should they so wish). If the prisoner does not wish his/her next-of-kin to be informed of his/her imprisonment, this must be indicated on the back of the warrant and the prisoner must sign next to this entry.”

Mketshane says certain offenders manipulate this right by offering an unauthorised cellphone to newly incarcerated offenders.

“By doing so they now have the contact details of the family at hand and this gives them the opportunity to extort money from family members of the newly incarcerated offender.”

He says that a call received from a cellphone number by someone purporting to be a correctional services official should not be regarded as an official call.

“The correctional centre admissions office will phone you from a landline to inform you where the offender is incarcerated and if he or she has bail or a fine that needs to be paid,” says Mketshane.

V For more information on visits or the whereabouts of an offender, sentenced or unsentenced, call Pollsmoor switchboard on 021 700 1170.

Correctional services has issued a statement, warning members of the public of a fraudulent scheme which extorts money from family members of newly incarcerated offenders at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison.

The area commissioner of Pollsmoor management, Clifford Mketshane, says there have been reports of family members receiving anonymous, threatening phone calls in relation to offenders at the prison.

“According to the B Order under Chapter 1 Admission of Prisoners, Standard Minimum Rule 44 (3), prisoners (un-sentenced and sentenced) must be given the opportunity to inform their next-of-kin of their admission to prison and furnish the address details themselves (should they so wish).

“If the prisoner does not wish his/her next-of-kin to be informed of his/her imprisonment, this must be indicated on the back of the warrant and the prisoner must sign next to this entry.”

Mketshane says certain offenders manipulate this right by offering an unauthorised cellphone to newly incarcerated offenders.

“By doing so they now have the contact details of the family at hand and this gives them the opportunity to extort money from family members of the newly incarcerated offender.”

He says that a call received from a cellphone number by someone purporting to be a correctional services official should not be regarded as an official call.

“The correctional centre admissions office will phone you from a landline to inform you where the offender is incarcerated and if he or she has bail or a fine that needs to be paid,” says Mketshane.

V For more information on visits or the whereabouts of an offender, sentenced or unsentenced, call Pollsmoor switchboard on 021 700 1170.

Correctional services has issued a statement, warning members of the public of a fraudulent scheme which extorts money from family members of newly incarcerated offenders at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison. The area commissioner of Pollsmoor management, Clifford Mketshane, says there have been reports of family members receiving anonymous, threatening phone calls in relation to offenders at the prison.

“According to the B Order under Chapter 1 Admission of Prisoners, Standard Minimum Rule 44 (3), prisoners (un-sentenced and sentenced) must be given the opportunity to inform their next-of-kin of their admission to prison and furnish the address details themselves (should they so wish).

“If the prisoner does not wish his/her next-of-kin to be informed of his/her imprisonment, this must be indicated on the back of the warrant and the prisoner must sign next to this entry.”

Mketshane says certain offenders manipulate this right by offering an unauthorised cellphone to newly incarcerated offenders.

“By doing so they now have the contact details of the family at hand and this gives them the opportunity to extort money from family members of the newly incarcerated offender.”

He says that a call received from a cellphone number by someone purporting to be a correctional services official should not be regarded as an official call.

“The correctional centre admissions office will phone you from a landline to inform you where the offender is incarcerated and if he or she has bail or a fine that needs to be paid,” says Mketshane.

V For more information on visits or the whereabouts of an offender, sentenced or unsentenced, call Pollsmoor switchboard on 021 700 1170.

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