Help me make sure this inmate contacts the right person
January 23, 2013 7:44 PM Subscribe
I've been contacted by an inmate of a federal prison. I do not know this person, I think they've entered the wrong email address. Unlike many automatic services, there's no way to report an misdirected email. What do I do?
posted by troika to law & government (10 answers total)
I received the following by email.
This is a system generated message informing you that the above-named person is a federal prisoner who seeks to add you to his/her contact list for exchanging electronic messages. There is no message from the prisoner at this time.
You can ACCEPT this prisoner's request or BLOCK this individual or all federal prisoners from contacting you via electronic messaging at www.corrlinks.com. To register with CorrLinks you must enter the email address that received this notice along with the identification code below.
Email Address: [my email]
Identification Code: [a code]
This identification code will expire in 10 days.
By approving electronic correspondence with federal prisoners, you consent to have the Bureau of Prisons staff monitor the content of all electronic messages exchanged.
Once you have registered with CorrLinks and approved the prisoner for correspondence, the prisoner will be notified electronically.
For additional information related to this program, please visit the http://www.bop.gov/inmate_programs/trulincs_faq.jsp FAQ page.
The FAQ and Corrlinks say nothing about what to do if you are not the person the inmate wants to contact. The inmate's name was in the subject line. Though the name was not familiar at all, I googled the name to make sure. I definitely have no connection to this person.
I don't feel right just ignoring this, what if the inmate is trying to reach their mom or something?