Action alert: Be on guard against scams targeting registrants

8/30/20 A FRIGHTENING SCAM UPDATE FROM FLORIDA:

ATTENTION Florida based RSO’s: I received a call and they said they were from the Sheriff’s Office of my County and they needed to talk with me. I sent a text asking what the problem was. Immediately a call came in ID: Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). The person identified themselves as a Officer and stated I had a non compliance issue as I missed a DNA test and a felony warrant was issued. He said the bond was a $45,000.00 and I could pay 10%, take the DNA test and then wear an ankle bracelet until my hearing came up. He quoted my Registrant and DOC numbers. I freaked out and decided to drive into OCSO to take care of this.

On the way he told me to find a CVS to obtain a pre-paid credit card and then I could bond out through the jail’s kiosk. I decided this was crazy and hung up. I then called OCSO and they instructed me this was a common scam.

I then drove over to my police station and had a officer check my license for warrants. There were none of course. I have reported all this to the FTC which handles Government and Federal scams. But what is new here is that they found my RSO Flyer on-line and used that information to perpetrate a crime against me. They knew of my Offenses, DOC info and last Registration dates. So therefore the elaborate scheme sounded official as hell.

So be warned Florida and elsewhere.. now there is another sex offender scam out there.

JEV, True Confessions

6/4/20 ADDING HAWAII TO THE LIST:  https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/06/03/breaking-news/hawaii-attorney-general-warns-of-bogus-sex-offender-payment-scam/

5/8/20 TENNESSEE BEING HIT AGAIN; https://newschannel9.com/news/local/hcso-phone-scam-targeting-sex-offenders-at-least-one-swindled-out-of-3000

1/24/20 UPDATE: ADDING IOWA, ANOTHER NEW STATE FOR US; SEE MEDIA REPORT BELOW

1/23/20 UPDATE: FIRST REPORT IN LOUISIANA OF WHICH WE ARE AWARE; SEE MEDIA REPORT BELOW

1/2/20: NEW MEDIA REPORTS ADDED BELOW

12/9 UPDATE: FIRST REPORT OF SCAM ACTIVITY IN SOUTH CAROLINA; ADDING SC TO OUR LIST BELOW.

11/25 UPDATE: FIRST REPORT OF SCAM ACTIVITY IN KENTUCKY; SEE MEDIA REPORT BELOW.

10/2 UPDATE: FIRST REPORT OF SCAM ACTIVITY IN MINNESOTA; 9/29/19UPDATE: ACTIVITY REPORTED IN ARKANSAS; SEE NEWS ARTICLE BELOW; 9/10 NEW UPDATE: FIRST REPORT IN ILLINOIS OF SCAM ACTIVITY 8/5: NEW UPDATE: NEW ACTIVITY IN TEXAS AND FIRST REPORTS OF ACTIVITY IN TENNESSEE. 7/31/19 UPDATE: Scammer activity has increased in FLORIDA. BE AWARE; BE ALERT.

2/27/19: Adding North Carolina. Repeating the warning: If you get a call from someone saying he is with law enforcement, that you are out of compliance, or overdue, or anything to do with your registration status and that he can help you take care of it, it is a scam. Hang up and call your registry office or local law enforcement. This has been going on for well over a year. We have just today gotten word that it is operating in Pennsylvania.

Variations have developed where registrants are called and told a family member is arrested and needs help. Be on the alert no matter what state you are in. Reported in Virginia: https://wtvr.com/2019/03/26/scammed-sex-offenders-call-virginia-state-police-for-help/

This is a list of states, revised to include all as they occur, from where we have had reports. Contact NARSOL if you learn of it being in a state not listed here.

ARKANSAS; CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, IOWA, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW MEXICO, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TEXAS, TENNESSEE, VIRGINIA

Here are a few media stories from various states:

NEW IN IOWA 1/23/20: https://www.clintonherald.com/news/scam-targets-registered-sex-offenders/article_40e5fdda-3e22-11ea-ac22-5fc2d88c64cb.html

New in LA 1/22/20: https://www.arklatexhomepage.com/news/local-news/dont-fall-for-it-law-enforcement-warns-of-new-text-message-phishing-scams/

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/ksp-scammers-targeting-registered-sex-offenders/article_08d7867b-5670-560e-9d74-853b9f295c9a.html

NEW in KY 11/24: https://www.wtvq.com/2019/11/24/ksp-registered-sex-offenders-targeted-scam-calls/

NEW in AK: http://www.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/local_news/article_f51f159a-e24f-11e9-9203-07ad43c2af88.html

NEW in PA: https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/dauphin-county-sheriffs-office-warns-of-phone-scam-caller-claims-to-be-deputy.html

https://wwjnewsradio.radio.com/articles/police-scam-targets-registered-sex-offenders

https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/newtelephonescamtargetssexoffenderregistrants

https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Sheriff-Recent-Phone-Scam-is-Targeting-Sex-Offenders-484228231.html

https://www.kpvi.com/news/local_news/scams-targeting-registered-sex-offenders/article_9f45c3b2-1104-11e8-9fae-9bce2c028996.html

https://www.centexproud.com/news/local/brazos-county-phone-scam-targets-registered-sex-offenders/1746536814

 

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