Scammers want your money! They know that registrants are vulnerable, so they think up the most outrageous ways to scare us or make impossible promises to get our money.
Don’t give them any money!
They try to get your money in many ways, such as:
- Promising to get us off the registry
- Threatening to arrest us if we don’t give them money. Some even claim to be law enforcement officials, but real officials NEVER ask for money. You can confirm these scams by looking up the law enforcement phone number yourself in the phone book (NEVER assume they give you the real phone number) and telling law enforcement you received a threat for money.
- Give us something free with hidden strings
If you know about a new one, please add it as a comment and include a link.
Being told you must spend thousands to apply to petition for removal from the registry? Instead, here are twenty public defender offices that have made resources available to help you.
If you are not sure you are being scammed, hang up immediately and CALL YOUR POLICE/SHERIFF to verify you are being scammed.
Latest scam alerts:
1/12/23: TX: Scam targeting sex offenders
6/16/22 Legal document assistant for petition to terminate registration. This legal document assistant (not an attorney) says they will do your petition for removal, but doesn’t seem to know what is needed before a court will consider a petition, that is, service upon DA and local law enforcement.
6/9/22 someone claiming to be from the department warning them they’ll be placed on the sex offender registry unless they pay the caller money.
3/10/22 Official-sounding caller claiming to be the police says you have to immediately register again due to SORNA. An alternative version is you must re-register for vague COVID reasons. Hang up immediately and CALL YOUR POLICE/SHERIFF to verify you are being scammed.
11/22/21 Scammers targeting sex offenders in NC [cbs17.com 11/17/21]
11/8/21 This attorney will help you for free except when he will not: Attorney scam – Supposedly free except when it is not
10/29/21 This guy will give you lots of Bible quotes as he empties your pockets: Attorney scam – Give me lots of money because I sound religious
10/9/21 Non-attorney will charge you $1,495 to fill out tiered registry removal paperwork but won’t even tell you if you qualify! Lots of money to fill out CA Tiered Registry removal paperwork
8/26/21 CA Tiered Registry phony attorney claims: The truly bad news is that there are legal professionals making claims regarding the petitioning process upon which they cannot deliver. For example, it is reported that an attorney in Los Angeles county is promising registrants assigned to Tier 3, the highest tier which requires lifetime registration, that he can — for a fee of $60,000 — change their tier assignment to a lower tier and make the registrant eligible to petition for removal from the registry.
Scam letters from attorneys:
A common scam is flyers mailed by attorneys who say they can magically get you off the registry but only if you throw piles of money at them. Listen to ACSOL instead. Talk to Janice if you are tempted to waste your money on one of them!
Download the following PDFs of sample scam letters:
- Child Molester! Scare tactics attorney scam
- Jesus wants you to give me money – Attorney scam
- Tier assignment lawyer scam letter
- I Just Want My Life Back attorney scam letter
Links to web articles about scams targeting registrants:
Don’t fall for these! If anyone threatens to arrest you if you don’t give them money, don’t give them money! Call the office where you register to confirm there is no warrant and report them.
PA: State officials warn of sex offender registry scam [timesobserver.com – 5/16/21]
VSP warning about phone scam targeting registered sex offenders [wric.com – 5/4/21]
Shady scam bots trick Omegle users into nonconsensual video sex recordings [blog.malwarebytes.com – 4/16/21]
CA: New phone scam targeting registered sex offenders [actionnewsnow.com – 2/9/21]
NE: Scammers targeting Madison County sex offenders [kearneyhub.com – 4/20/20]
NEW Scam targeting registrants: Extortion letter [floridaactioncommittee.org – 11/6/19]
Scammers Targeting Registrants [blog.womenagainstregistry.org – 7/4/18]
Scam Alert: $2,000 Fine for Moving Without Reporting [sosen.org 5/9/18]