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NYS warns of phone credit scam

Monday, July 07, 2014    

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The National Youth Service (NYS) is urging the public to be on the alert for unscrupulous persons claiming to be NYS staff and requesting phone credit.

Scammers, the Jamaica Information Service said, have been targeting individuals as well as partner entities affiliated with the NYS.

Omar Newell, the NYS' director of community services, told JIS that persons claiming to be staff of the service have been contacting individuals requesting phone credit and additional resources for their use.

He said the incidents have been occurring in Hanover, Trelawny, St James and St Thomas.

Newell said that the NYS will, under no circumstance, request phone credit from members of the public, and asked that people report such incidents to the police.

"If someone calls you claiming to be affiliated with NYS requesting phone cards or anything else, please contact the police or give us a call at 754-9816 - 8," he said.

The NYS, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, is currently engaging hundreds of young persons, who will benefit from work experience during the months of July and August, under the NYS Summer Programme.

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