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NE: Scammers targeting Madison County sex offenders

[kearneyhub.com – 4/20/20]

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department has received complaints about unknown callers claiming to be representatives of the department.

The calls specifically target registered sex offenders and make various threats or demands of money, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s department.

The callers identify themselves as either Sgt. Downs or Sgt. Lyle, neither of whom work for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Read the full article

Past quotes from Janice:

“If you receive a call that demands immediate payment for a failure to register, be on the alert. 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.”

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

 

Related links to past scam articles to remind you how to not be scammed (for more, search for “scam” on our ACSOL website):

NEW Scam targeting registrants: Extortion letter

CA: Georgia Couple Posed as L.A. County Deputies to Scam Victims Out of $16K in Gift Cards

CA: Scammers Target Los Angeles Registrants, Families

Scammers Targeting Registrants

VA: Police: Scammers targeting elderly, sex offenders by demanding money with person info

Scam Alert: $2,000 Fine for Moving Without Reporting

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Funny how this particular sheriff’s office posts the warning on Facebook, where those they should be warning are barred.

@Dustin

That’s just like new laws going on the books but failing to notify the citizenry of the new laws which they are responsible for knowing about before accidentally breaking them. No court sympathy.

Just emailed the sheriff, pointing out that registrants are barred from Facebook. Curious what the response will be.

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