NamPol warns students to be careful with registration money

08 Jan 2014 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 08 JAN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has warned students not to fall prey to people who want to rob them of their student fees under the pretext that they can help them to register at tertiary institutions.
NamPol’s Chief Inspector Barry de Klerk in an interview with Nampa on Monday said at this time of the year, thieves are on alert in the capital as schools and institutions of higher learning are opening.
Many students carry around large amounts of money to be used for registration at the tertiary institutions, amongst other things.
The police have in the past received complaints from students who were targeted by thieves in this manner.
De Klerk warned students to be on the lookout and to not fall for promises of scams that involve “back door” payments for registration at institutions of higher learning.
“You should not make any back door payments or give your money to anyone in the street that approaches you and claims to be assisting you with the registration process,” he cautioned.
He stressed that payments are never made in this manner, and that an official receipt should always be issued.
De Klerk further stated that business is not conducted on the street.
“If anyone comes to you saying they want to do business with you, tell them that business is not done on the street,” he said.
He also reiterated an earlier warning by the police for members of the public to be on the lookout for people pretending to be investigating officers in efforts to fraudulently obtain money.
NamPol spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi in September last year said criminals acquire the personal information of prisoners and use such information to contact the prisoner’s family members. They then inform the relatives that they are investigating officers and make arrangements with them to receive the prisoner’s bail money.
“The public should know that bail money or any other payment services are made over the counter and valid receipts are issued,” she said.
Shikwambi appealed to members of the public to verify the information they receive from the purported “investigating officers”.
“Visit police stations and confirm who the investigating officers are, and whether bail has been granted to the prisoner before committing any money,” she said.
NamPol arrested five suspects last year in connection with cases where the suspect was going to receive N.dollars 1 000 in “bail money” from prisoners’ family members.