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State officials warn of sex offender registry scam

State court officials are raising the alarm to a scam that threatens to place individuals on the Pennsylvania sex offender registry.

According to the state Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the scam presents a call that “spoofs” or mimic’s the AOPC’s phone number.

“During the spoof call, those being targeted are told of alleged unpaid court fines and outstanding fees,” a statement from the AOPC explained. “Should the fees not be paid, the caller threatens to place the individual on the Pennsylvania sex offender registry.”

State officials say the AOPC will “never place calls or solicit payment by credit card, gift card, or any other means of electronic funds transfer for any reason.

“Should you receive a phone call from a number or an individual claiming to be involved with or calling from the AOPC requesting money or payment of fines, fees or court costs, please do not provide any sensitive information or forms of payment of any kind.”

They encourage anyone receiving the call to hang up immediately and report the call to police as well as the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection by calling (800) 441-2555 or by emailing scams@attorneygeneral.gov.

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