Scam targets registered citizens

A reminder to registrants about a scam that has impacted registered sex offenders in many states, including Nebraska.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office warned in January that several people may have fallen victim to the scam, which involves a person calling a registrant, claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office, and telling the registrant that he/she would be arrested for a violation if the registrant does not send the caller payment in the form of iTunes or other money transfer.

The same, or a similar, scam is being reported in other states.

Remember: no legitimate law enforcement officer will ask you for money over the phone. If you receive such a call — DO NOT send the caller any money — but do contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department to report the scam attempt.

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