Prison inmates get blame for new telephone scam

Inmates in the Costa Rican prison system continue to defraud from their cells. The Judicial Investigating Organization said Tuesday that a new scam involves rechargeable cell telephones.

The prison system has been unable to keep inmates from making calls from their hidden cell telephones, and judicial police said the current scam seems to originate with prisoners.

A caller working the current scam asks a cell telephone user to effect a recharge in order to test the system. A telephone number is provided, and the victim puts up from 10,000 to 25,000 colons on the promise that the money will be returned once the system check is completed. Of course, there is no recharge and no system test. And no refund.

Prisoners working with accomplices outside the facility have operated a number of creative scams for years.

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