PARSOL received a call to report a scam call in Erie County. The person who received the call was aware of previous scams and wisely immediately called the PA State Police. We urge anyone who receives a call from a law enforcement official to do the same. The details of today’s scammer call are described below. However, scammers do not always use the same story line so be aware. First and foremost, ALWAYS call the state police in your area immediately.
The scammer was very convincing. He spoke with an authoritative and stern voice. He first confirmed the name and address of the person on the registry. He then said, “Do you realize you are in violation of your registration requirements?” The person he called replied, “No. I am pretty sure I am not in violation.” The scammer then said that a registered letter was sent and that the receipt for the letter was signed. The scammer said that the letter indicated he was to report to the Erie Co. Sheriff’s Department on a given date. That date had passed and a warrant was issued for his arrest. When the person called said that he reports to the PA State Police not the Sheriff’s Department, he was told that an audit of the registry was being done and required that he register with the Sheriff’s Office. The person called then said that he would follow up with the PA State Police and was then told that two officers would come to his house to meet him. As mentioned, the person immediately called the PA State Police and was told that there was no warrant and also told that the police would never call to announce there was a warrant for someone’s arrest.
The scammers can be quite convincing and intimidating. Please follow this persons lead. Do not agree to any of their demands, end the call, and call the State Police