Harrisburg, PA – Scammers are targeting registered sex offenders in Pennsylvania. According to State Police in a statewide notice, offenders might get a phone call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement official.
The scammer then tells the person that they are not in compliance with their registration requirements. Sometimes they even claim to hold a warrant for the offender’s arrest.
That’s when the scam artist will tell the offenders that the issue can be resolved if they get some form of cash card or arrange a money transfer.
Pennsylvania State Police will never call registered sex offenders to ask for any monetary compensation for getting them back in compliance with registration requirements.
Even if the person was out of compliance because they didn’t update things like their address or place of employment, the offender could only fix those issues by appearing at an approved registration site or by personal contact with a law enforcement official.
If a registered sex offender receives this type of scam 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.
If you believe you are the victim of any kind of phone scam, you 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 your local police department.
As with most scam calls, these perpetrators can be very difficult to locate. An electronic money transfer can be done in just minutes, and your money is often unable to be recovered.