KSP offers tips for ongoing sex offender registry scam

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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.

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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.