Registrants in some Texas counties have received telephone calls telling them they need to come in and give a DNA sample.
Texas Voices investigated and, finding that these calls were legitimate, issued information and warnings to its members. “Texas Rangers have identified 3,300 registered sex offenders in Texas who owe the state a DNA sample for entry into CODIS,” they found on the DPS website. “Texas Rangers are working closely alongside local law enforcement agencies to collect DNA from sex offenders and qualifying felons who owe a DNA sample for entry into CODIS.” Further information from Texas Voices warned against scams using this very technique that target registrants
NARSOL feels this is an issue worth informing all of our readers about. If law enforcement in Texas, despite — as all law enforcement is — being so short-staffed and overworked, was able to find time to comb through the entire Texas registry containing nearly 100,000 records and identify 3,300 registrants, many who completed their sentences twenty or more years ago, it is most likely happening or will happen in other states. Texas law and the law in virtually every state requires a DNA sample from everyone on its registry.
No matter what state you are in, if you get a telephone call telling you that you need to come in and give a DNA sample, this is what NARSOL advises:
Thank them for the call and tell them you will call right back to arrange a time. Then promptly hang up. Call whatever office the caller said he was from and ask them if they were calling people on the registry about DNA samples.
In this day of telephone scams using just about every conceivable angle and technique to separate us from our money, we must be cautious and wise.
Sandy, a NARSOL board member, is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.