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CA: Scammers Target Los Angeles Registrants, Families

Scammers, who often pose on the phone as law enforcement officials, are threatening registrants with arrest and demanding immediate payment of sums up to $3,000 in order to avoid jail or prison. There are reports of this occurring during the past week in at least two different cities in Los Angeles County — Upland and Lawndale. According to the reports, the scammers have told registrants that they either failed to register or registered improperly. For example, two registrants were told this week that they are required to register on a quarterly basis although there is no such requirement in CA law.

“If you receive a call that demands immediate payment for a failure to register, be on the alert,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The source of such a demand is likely to be a scammer. Real law enforcement officials do not demand payment in any amount for a real failure to register.”

After falsely notifying a registrant that he has failed to register, the people posing as law enforcement officials attempt to keep the registrant on the phone until he purchases several gift cards in lieu of cash. Registrants are then told to drive to the parking lot of a nearby police or sheriff’s station where the gift cards are demanded. In all reported cases, the police or sheriff’s station to which the registrant has driven is closed for business.

If a registrant asks the scammer for a phone number, they are told to call 800-561-0389 or another number.

“The best way to stop a scam is to hang up the phone and not answer the next phone call,” stated Bellucci. “If you give money, gift cards or anything else to a scammer, you will only encourage them to prey on other innocent families.”

It is also reported that phone calls from an attorney who demands that calls to registrants cease and desist immediately have been effective.

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  1. wonderin

    And the scammers got their phone number How?

    • AnotherAnon

      A guess. Maybe they find the name on the registry website and then go to a phone lookup by name and address. This would be easier if the address is listed on the gov website because it would narrow the search terms.

      If they try to extort me and we meet in person, it would be tempting to make certain it is not a happy ending for them.

    • Tim Moore

      Or jurisdiction databases could be sold to the scammers.

    • Tim l


      Robo-dialing yet another onerous iteration of the database.

      Entire YouTube channels are devoted to giving these jerks their comeuppance
      One such channel is named hoaxhotel.
      A must see for those interested in scammers and social justice.The
      One group of phone scammers operate out of San Diego. The guy wiped their system32 files while he’s letting them “,fix” his virtual machine.The

      Cathartic to watch.

  2. Anonymous

    I would NOT fall for any of it but my wife on the other hand, would be an absolute scared, nervous wreck. She very well may send money.

  3. Scam-99R

    Yet another reason that the registry does nothing but hurt. If registrants aren’t harassed, injured, and/or murdered by vigilantes — then registrants are subject to being singled-out by these types of scams.

  4. Nicholas Maietta

    How are they getting people’s phone numbers? It’s not on the public website. That question needs to be answered in detail.

    • Eric Knight

      Two ways. First, cross-checking name and address with google searches, hoping they get lucky and get a hit that way. Second, more sinisterly, information leaking out of the registration office.

  5. Gralphr

    All these clowns have to do is look on the registry, then put your information in zaba search. There, they could track down additional information, like a phone number in order to conduct these scams……

  6. TS


    Check voter registration online info for phone numbers after checking online RC database.

    RC database won’t publicly publish phone numbers, but voter registration is public info and may have the phone number listed. Two databases to give a more complete picture of the person.

    Some states only have a phone number publishing opt-out option when registering to vote (if the RC can vote) instead of an opt-in. They’re sly about it too and won’t tell you.

    This is probably one way so many folks are targeted for different scams.

  7. Will Allen

    I think you ought to call police and make them show up and arrest the people. Is it still not a serious crime to impersonate law enforcement? Make the criminal regimes that run the hit lists deal with their problems.

  8. ab

    I am one of the targets of this scam and unfortunately the scammer tried reaching me through my employer. The scammer left a message along the lines of wanting to speak with me about registration before I went in to work. No details were provided beyond that other than a name of the person, the 800 number above, and an extension to reach the person at.

  9. Greg

    Let them call me and demand payment, I will gladly give it to them if they meet me in person and can take it from me.

  10. David

    Forgive my digression, but it reminds me of an incident in my long ago past. I was at a gay bar with my then-boyfriend, a slender-framed fellow. As we were leaving the bar, he was walking a few feet ahead of me in the parking lot while I was lighting a cigarette. A pick-up truck full of wannabe gay-bashers screeched into the parking lot. A couple of them jumped out and headed right towards my guy, assuming he was an easy target. They were clearly surprised when I ran up and said, “‘How ’bout you start with me first!?” I guess that was problematic for them, since I had been a competitive bodybuilder! Before they could react to my suggestion, about 30 young, very angry guys rushed out of the bar and into the parking lot. Well, confronted with these turned tables, the would-be bashers jumped back in their pick-up and sped off…… as the guys in the parking lot dared them to come back anytime.
    My point is this: I don’t think these scammers realize they are targeting a group of very angry individuals who are already very pissed about the way they are mistreated. Not a good idea to try to harrass or scam them.

  11. Eric Knight

    QUICK QUESTION: If a registrant gets a call from a scammer, and can successfully tell the guy to call back later, what is the best way to set up that scammer for a sting?

  12. Tim L

    See scammers get their just due.
    Youtube: Hoaxhotel and enjoy.

    • Warren

      They called my wife 3 times while I was out of the house and she was a mess as they said they have a arrest warrant on me due to a problem with my registration paperwork. When I came home, they called again (on my wife’s phone) and I spoke to them. They wanted money for a bail bond needed so they can fix problem.

      I smelled a scam right away. 1) They called my wife’s cell phone but did not know my number (I asked them to call me on my cell phone). 2) They said they were from the Orange County Sheriff Department (I live in Orange County but report to the City I live in, not to OC Sheriff). 3) The phone # showed they were calling from Riverside County! 4)They wanted $$ for Bail Bond and would arrest me tonight if not paid. Scam…

      I hung up and blocked the phone # on my wife’s phone. Thought I’d share this as the scammers are still very active in Southern California.

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