MAYFIELD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police is warning about a scam involving the sex offender registry in Graves County.
For the past year, troopers say registrants in Graves County have been scammed out of thousands of dollars by a caller claiming to be with the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry.
According to KSP, the caller says they are an officer with state and local agencies, claiming that the victim didn’t update their registration and has to pay a fee to avoid arrest. Troopers say the scammers take payments using pre-paid cards, making the victim give them the card number and PIN.
Authorities want to remind potential victims of the following:
- The Kentucky Sex Offender Registry is operated solely by the Kentucky State Police. Each county’s Probation and Parole office serves as place of registry for all members.
- If a registrant is non-compliant, a notification is sent by mail to the registrant along with state and local law enforcement.
- The Kentucky State Police will not verify sex offender compliance over the phone.
- The Kentucky State Police, along with local law enforcement, never require any form of payment over the phone to satisfy a criminal charge or warrant.
- Scams often come from local phone numbers and sometimes use names of actual law enforcement officers to make the scam more believable.
- Callers often speak with broken English and have poor grammar usage.
- Never provide personal information like a social security number or birthday to someone over the phone. Law enforcement would already have this information when calling.