PCSO warns public of online scam
Little Rock (KATV) —
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is now warning the public of a scam that is making its way into their jail and it all has to do with how inmates are receiving their commissary and care packages.
According to Lt. Cody Burk with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, as of lately, fraudulent websites have been posing as iCare.com.
The website iCare, is a service provided through Aramark, where families of inmates can send them gifts directly.
“We found out there were sites that are similarly spelled to the ones we use for those products but they weren’t the legitimate website for our agency,” said Burk.
One Pulaski County mother tells KATV she's out of $40 after using a fraudulent website, also under the name iCare, to send gifts to her incarcerated son.
“He has not received it, so I called the jail...and they go ‘oh, that’s fraudulent.’ If it’s fraudulent how do you let it go through your jail why don’t you stop it,” said Nellie Arnold.
Lt. Burk says since being alerted of the issue, the jail has revised their website.
"We update our website to include the correct links to get to the Aramark iCare," said Burk.
For more information, you can visit the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office online.
Lt. Cody Burk also reports that other agencies across the country have experienced similar issues with fraudulent commissary websites. Burk says the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has not launched an official investigation into the matter.