SCAM ALERT

I have received a number of these alerts from different state organizations the last 6 to 8 months. They have come from all over the country and they are all similar in their operation. My one question is when a person contacts the law enforcement as was done in this case why is law enforcement not following through to apprehend these scammers. All they would have to do is tell the person to continue following directions and let them know where they are going so law enforcement could be there at the same time as the con men perpetrators after all they are pretending to be law enforcement that unto itself should make them mad.

There’s one more point that I would like to make,and that is that almost all state registries have penalties for misuse of the registry information in most cases these penalties are normally misdemeanors with small finds. I believe that any misuse of the registry to harass and threaten, vandalize or victimize registrants and or their family members should be treated the same way as a registrant failing to provide information to the registry and that is a felony conviction with multiple years in prison, this scam is just another in a long line of the registry being used by vigilantes rather it is the loss of jobs, housing or loss of life it’s time that we started pushing the legislators to enact severe punishments on vigilantes who use the registry to harm registrants and their families.

This latest scam alert came from women against the registry and I will post it in its entirety below.

 

The following is from one of our member families.

We had a scare yesterday. Someone called saying they were from (our) County Sheriff’s Department and that my loved one had moved without reporting it within three days. They wanted $2,000 dollars to cover his court fees then directed us to a specific street downtown which is where my loved one’s registration office is located. They indicated he would not be arrested, but would have to show up in court next Friday. They kept him on the phone and said he could not hang up while driving. He was very upset and drove to the bank. I went with him and tried to convince him it might be a scam. When we got to the bank I called the County Sheriff’s Department and they said it was NOT true. He then called his PO and was told it is a scam that is going on and he had heard it from others. Her loved one was finally convinced. He suffers from a TBI injury and PTSD from the military which made the panic worse. 

Please, if you get any such call wanting you to respond with money hang up and call your registry office or police department and report it immediately. Any such call that you receive via phone or by mail please recognize it for what it is…a scam. 

It could also be a valid reason to contact your ‘state’ senator and representative to make them aware of how registrants are specifically being targeted due to the registry.

 

WAR National Directors & Senior Advisor

Women Against Registry

800-311-3764

P.O. Box 463  – Arnold, MO 63010

https://www.facebook.com/womenagainstregistry/

https://twitter.com/WomenAgainstReg

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6606110

5 comments for “SCAM ALERT

  1. Sharon
    May 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    In one case a man was that knew he was being scammed said, hang on, I’ll go to the nearest ATM and get the money and then we’ll figure out how to get it to you, no problem, thanks for your help. The caller bit and stayed on the phone, but instead of driving to the nearest ATM, he drove to the police department, muted his phone and walked in, told the policeman that he wanted him to hear the conversation, so he put his phone on speaker phone and the police were able to apprehend this scammer because they lured the scammer to a meeting point. I don’t know if this sort of strategy would work every time, and now that this is hitting front line news, the scammers are going to think up something else.

    Maybe the bottom line is do not let fear make you panic!

  2. May 9, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Hi, Will; these scams, and variations of them, have been reported in a number of states. They have been especially prevalent in Texas, and law enforcement there has open and active cases. Thanks for helping to get the word out. Our contact in OK was targeted just this past Monday.

    https://narsol.org/2018/03/those-on-sex-offender-registries-targeted-for-telephone-scams/

  3. Thomas Darby
    May 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Very valuable information. If the person gives a name, hang up, call the SO, see if that is a real person there… and if so, talk to him. You’ll find that he’ll be mad as hell that scammers are using his name! But even without a name, NEVER respond to any request that you bring money to any place. Believe me, if you violated a rule, they would arrest you, not call you; and any fines will be paid through the Courts, not in cash on some street corner!

  4. May 11, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Will – there is a theory that some of this is an ‘inside job’ otherwise how would the caller, as indicated in some cases know their phone number, address, vehicles. One of our members submitted a complaint with the state Attorney General’s office.

    Lastly, when WAR noticed some state registries did NOT have a disclaimer against harm we reviewed all the state sites and sent a letter to 17 states asking that they protect our families and warn vigilantes of the consequences of their actions.

    Vicki Henry

  5. Will Bassler
    May 16, 2018 at 11:11 am

    One of our SOSEN members just shared this with the group

    Friends, my SORN officer just sent out an email to registered citizens of Knox Co, OH that there is a person calling registered sex offenders nationwide and telling them there is a warrant for their arrest for one or more reasons and that there is a bond that must be payed in order to cancel the warrant. They use the name and even the phone number of the SORN officer you are familiar with. If you receive ANY notifications other than physical visits from your local registry office, hang up and immediately contact your SORN office.

    Hope this helps everyone. Have a good day and be safe!!

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