TN: Phone scam with a new twist: Pay or be placed on the sex offender registry

Source: wkrn.com 6/9/22 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A new phone scam is making its way around the Nashville area. According to the Metro Nashville Police Department’s Fraud and Sex Crimes detectives, the scam sees Nashvillians called by someone claiming to be from the department warning them they’ll be placed on the sex offender registry unless they pay the caller money. The caller uses an actual Metro officer’s name, according to police. The calls use spoofing technology to appear as if they come from a legitimate Metro Police phone number. Metro…

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CA: New Phone Scam Targets Local Registered Sex Offenders, Sheriff’s Office Says

Source: lostcoastoutpost.com 10/14/21 The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has recently received reports of a phone scam targeting local PC 290 Registrants. As part of this scam, the caller claims they are from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and tells the victim that due to “new laws”, they are now out of compliance with current PC 290 registration requirements. The scammer tells the victim that they must purchase a pre-paid debit card and make a payment over the phone to come into compliance, or face arrest. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office…

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CA: Scammers Target Los Angeles Registrants, Families [UPDATED 9/2019]

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2019: THIS SCAM IS STILL ACTIVE. PLEASE READ BELOW. Aug 4, 2018: 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,…

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

[wset.com – 6/21/18] LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Virginia State Police said they have been alerted to an alarming increase in phone scams targeting seniors and convicted sex offenders. Police said scammers are threatening people into paying hundreds of dollars in gift cards. One popular scam making the rounds across the state is where the caller tells the person, most of the time an elderly person, on the phone that a relative has been arrested and incarcerated so they need money in order to be released from jail. Police said the…

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How a phony cop gave this sex offender a new mission in life

[narsol.org – 6/6/18] By Michael M. . . . In late March of 2018, I received a phone call at ten-thirty PM on a Sunday night, purportedly from the County Sheriff’s Department. The caller informed me in an officious manner that they had a warrant for my arrest, issued by a local Superior Court Judge for failure to register as required by law. I replied rather matter-of-factly that I have, indeed, registered as required by law, and recited to him the time and date of said registration, as well as…

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TX: Registered sex offenders targets of latest phone scam

[ktsm.com] EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says a telephone scam is targeting registered sex offenders in the county, trying to scam them out of money According to EPCSO, registered people around the county have gotten calls from someone identifying themselves as employees of the Sheriff’s Office. The scammers tell the registered sex offender that they are non-compliant with their registration and have warrants which will result in their arrest if they don’t pay a specific fine. The victim is then told to buy Money…

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