Sheriff's Office Warns of Scam Targeting Registered Sex Offenders

July 9, 2019

The Sheriff's Office has received intelligence of another phone scam, targeting registered sex offenders.  The caller claims to be with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and is advising offenders they have active warrant, failed to register or are non-compliant.  The offender is instructed they need to buy a Google card or turn themselves in.

This is one of many scams the Sheriff's Office sees.  Scammers will target groups of people based on their ability to access information.  They exploit and victimize the person they are calling by preying on their fears of a fictitious criminal charge or action.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens that our Office NEVER calls to inform individuals they have an active warrant and NEVER asks individuals to make payments or arrangements to clear up a warrant.  We will also NEVER call to ask for money, for any reason.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to know of a warrant for your arrest and threatens you with any legal or law enforcement action, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.  Do not give them any personal information and do not purchase any kind of card to include Google, iTunes, Green Dot, etc

MR 19-072