Pennsylvania State Police have reported an increase in the number of attempts to scam individuals required to register as a sex offender in Pennsylvania.
The scam begins with a telephone call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement official. The caller tells the offender that they are not in compliance with their registration requirements and sometimes claims to have a warrant for the offender's arrest.
The caller then tells the offender that the issue can be resolved if they get some form of cash card or arrange a money transfer, police said.
Anyone receiving such a call should not initiate any type of financial transaction without further verifying the validity of the call.
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The Pennsylvania State Police does not solicit registered sex offenders for any type of monetary compensation to gain compliance with registration requirements. Any issues concerning compliance with registration requirements is only resolved by an offender appearing at an approved registration site, or by personal contact with a law enforcement official.
If a registered sex offender receives this type of call and has any question regarding their compliance status, they should contact the Pennsylvania State Police, Megan’s Law Section at 1-866-771-3170.
Any individual who believes they may have been the victim of similar fraudulent activity should attempt to verify the phone number of the incoming call, obtain as much information as possible about the caller, note the details of the instructions provided to resolve the issue, and contact their local police department.
State Police warned these scammers can be difficult to locate. An electronic money transfer can be accomplished in minutes, and the funds are often unable to be recovered.