- Callers are breaking laws, including laws against extortion.
- Do not fall for this scam.
- Do not be frightened — law enforcement does not call and demand money.
- Cases like these are good reasons to abolish the registry.
- Listen to the voice of the scammer at the end of this post.
Law enforcement will NEVER call you on the phone and tell you to pay money to resolve an issue.
That goes for everyone, including people who are forced to register.
Nebraskans Unafraid recently heard from an individual who got a call from a scammer who used the Nebraska State Patrol’s registry to gather information about registrants, whom they call and attempt to extort money.
The scammers are violating several laws, including the law against extortion, when they engage in this bottom-feeding behavior.
In the case brought to our attention, the person who is forced to register received a phone call from a person claiming to be Nebraska State Patrol “Trooper Barnett.” The caller talked about the need for a “secondary” DNA sample. That’s a tipoff: No person forced to register is required to give such a “secondary” sample.
The caller, who used a spoofed phone number to make the call appear to be legit, attempted to frighten his victim by saying there was a felony warrant out, but the whole thing could be cleared up for the tidy little sum of $6,200.
Again: Law enforcement NEVER will call you up and tell you that you can clear up a problem by giving them money. Pay no attention to whether the phone number looks real, because scammers spoof the numbers.
Fortunately, the person who received this call was not duped. He reported the incident to law enforcement, and then to Nebraskans Unafraid.
“This is why the registry should not be public. It made me an easy and vulnerable target,” he wrote to Nebraskans Unafraid. He had the good sense to record the conversations. As a public service and an effort to out whoever is running this fraudulent scheme, we provide the recordings here with personal information bleeped out.
Here is the initial voicemail with the voice of the scammer:
Here is the call back to the scammer:
And here is where the scammer is told to shove it:
If you get a call like this, hang up and call law enforcement.
And remember to tell your state senator this is yet another reason to abolish the registry, which causes harm and protects no one.
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