It has been reported that false government documents were used this week in a scam operation netting almost $10,000 from a registrant. The false documents reportedly required the registrant to pay a large sum of money in order to avoid arrest.
The false government documents included an “Order of Arrest” from Riverside County that appeared to be signed by both a judge and a police sergeant. The false documents also included a document from the Office of the Governor and the California Sex Offender Management Board.
“The use of false government documents is an escalation of past practices when registrants were threatened with arrest on the phone,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “In both instances, scammers preyed upon registrants by demanding money be paid to prevent a return to custody.”
In this week’s scam, the registrant was provided information regarding how to purchase bitcoin and then use the bitcoin to pay the scammers. It is unlikely that the registrant can successfully recoup the money that was paid.