The latest scam is apparently targeting registered sex offenders in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania State Police sent out an alert Friday warning that registered sex offenders in the state are the target of a new scam.
Police say the scam is set up when a registered sex offender gets a telephone call from an individual claiming to be a member of law enforcement. The caller tells the offender that he or she is not in compliance with their registration requirements, and sometimes claims to hold a warrant for the offender’s arrest.
The caller then says the issue can be resolved if the offender obtains some form of a cash card and/or arranges a money transfer.
State police say they never solicit registered sex offenders for any type of monetary compensation to gain compliance with registration requirements. Rather, any issues concerning compliance are only resolved by an offender appearing at any approved registration site, or by personal contact with a law enforcement official.
Police say if a registered sex offender receives this type of call and has any questions regarding their compliance status, they should contact the Pennsylvania State Police, Megan’s Law Section, at 1-866-771-3170.