DBS has been made aware that a number of people have been targeted by fraudsters asking them to pay upfront for DBS certificates that never materialised.Dr Sue Smith, Director of Safeguarding at DBS said: The DBS issue around 4.3 million certificates every year. The type of role you apply for will determine the level of DBS check you are eligible to have carried out. The following details the checks available: Basic check: This is suitable for any role. The certificate will show any unspent convictions and conditional cautions under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Standard check: This is suitable for certain trusted roles such as security guards. The certificate shows both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings that are held on the Police National Computer Enhanced check: These certificates show the same information as the Standard but with the addition of further relevant information from the Police. Enhanced with barred list check: This shows the same as an enhanced check plus whether the applicant is on the list of people barred from doing the role. This sort of scam can be really distressing to those involved and we are keen to do all we can to prevent it. We will be working closely with colleagues in SAFER Jobs to raise awareness of the issue and advising people where to go for more support. Recruitment fraud takes many guises including paying for background checks, identity theft, premium rate phone interview scams, and even human trafficking and modern slavery.The public can fall for fake jobs advertised online or they can even be ‘head-hunted’ by criminals finding their profiles or CVs online. We are proud of the impact we have had so far but there is still so much more to do to prevent job seekers from falling victim to fraudsters.It is great to be working with the DBS to help raise awareness of the issue and help reduce the number of people falling victim to this crime. For a standard or enhanced check the person needs to get an application form from the employer who asked them for a DBS check. This would then be submitted to the DBS by an organisation registered to do so.The certificate would then be issued to the individual and it would be up to them to share the information with the potential employer.An individual can request a basic check without using an employer, using the DBS online application route.Dr Smith added: If anyone is concerned that they are being asked unnecessarily for a DBS check or that the person requesting a check may not be a legitimate organisation, especially if they are asking for money, then they should get in touch with us or SAFER Jobs to discuss their concerns. It is also worth remembering that if you are applying for a volunteer position we process you application for free. SAFER Jobs is a not-for-profit organisation set up by the Metropolitan Police to raise awareness and combat criminal activities that may be attempted on those seeking a job.Keith Rosser, Chair of SAFER Jobs, said: For more information or to raise a concern visit www.safer-jobs.com, alternatively you can contact DBS by email [email protected] or call the DBS helpline on 03000 200 190 (or 03000 200 191, for Welsh speakers).
… Futsal kings in must-win game tonightTHE reputed ‘kings of futsal’ in Guyana are trotting on the line of elimination from the inaugural Xtreme Clean & Maintenance/GT Beer ‘Gold Rush’ Futsal Tournament, following their 4-2 loss to Tucville on Tuesday evening at the National Gymnasium.The defeat means that the star-studded team will now have to win tonight’s clash against Sophia in order to stand a chance of advancing to the tournament’s quarter-final stage.Buoyed by an exceptional team performance, Tucville, with goals from Jahaal Greaves (7th), Raphael Edwards (9th), Delon Williams (13th) and Jermaine Junior (20th) showed why, despite not having ‘big names’, are still considered one of the top teams in the tournament.Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson had given Sparta Boss an early lead with his goal in the opening minute of the game, but ‘Sparta’ was kept at bay with some excellent defending and goalkeeping, and were only able so score in the closing minutes of the encounter through Eusi ‘Boney Man’ Phillips.Meanwhile, the eagerly anticipated battle between the experienced Bent Street and Future Stars lived up to all expectations as they traded goals in an electrifying first half which ended 2-2.Ralph Parris (3rd) and Jamal Cozier (7th) were Future Stars goalscorers while Daniel Wilson netted a double for Bent Street; scoring in the 2nd and 5th minute.Melvorn Ross (13th) and Devon Dooker (20th) scored for Albouystown in their 2-0 victory over Tiger Bay, while Back Circle bounced back from a lacklustre opening game to inflict a crushing 5-0 win over North Ruimveldt.Broad Street Bullies scraped past Plaisance 4-3 in another entertaining slugfest. Sophia showed little mercy in their 4-0 drubbing of Agricola Champion Boys to boost their chance of a quarter-final spot.The winning team will receive $500 000 and the championship trophy, while second-, third- and fourth-place finishers take home $200 000, $100 000 and $50 000 respectively. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) will receive $50 000.The final round of the round-robin phase concludes this evening at the same venue with Future Stars versus Plaisance; Agricola battling Tucville; Albouystown challenging North Ruimveldt; Bent Street colliding with Broad Street and Back Circle facing Tiger Bay.
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has cast blame on the “nature of things in Guyana” for the incomplete Forensic Laboratory when questioned by media operatives at a press conference on Friday.He said, “The nature of things as they evolve in Guyana means that which was planned about 10 years ago might not be able to be done now”.The Minister even bashed the bad design of the building for its dysfunction while listing some of the faulty aspects of the building.According to him, “Because of a number of things that were badly designed had to be completely rehabilitated, the sections dealing with the testing equipment, the integrity for the testing equipment and a number of air conditioning units placed in places where the temperature will be standardised and stable apparently thePublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattandesign was bad”.He nevertheless reported that the Ministry has been able to rectify those faults and is now seeking to have the facility up and running by year end, although he had anticipated a July 2018 completion.Ramjattan shared that his ultimate goal is to have deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests conducted at the facility, which is also likely, as funds have been already secured by the International Development Bank (IDB) for this aspect.In fact, the Minister revealed that the equipment will be soon sourced and arrive shortly to facilitate these tests. He also noted that personnel have already been trained in this area.The Public Security Ministry has come under severe criticism as many promises have not been kept in relation to the laboratory.Guyana’s first Forensic Laboratory opened back in July 2014, but the lack of DNA testing at that facility continues to provide a challenge to the solving of many high-profile murder cases.Presently, the forensic laboratory is equipped to conduct testing, inclusive of testsThe Forensic Laboratoryfor fake currency, forged documents, narcotics, and ballistics.The Minister told reporters that he was hoping for the facility to be ready since 2017 and had again given all assurances that DNA testing would be conducted at the facility sometime in 2018.“I had really wanted it before the end of this year, but it doesn’t seem that that will happen, because the air ventilation and the air conditioning unit to ensure the proper preservation and no disintegration, and the proper temperature of the samples, were not put in place,” Ramjattan asserted.He added that the American Embassy is supporting the move to have DNA testing being done here, which comes under the second component of the Public Security Ministry’s Citizen Security Strengthening Programme for improving the Guyana Police Force’s Forensic Laboratory’s effectiveness in preventing and conducting crime investigations.