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Attempted phone scams target registered sex offenders in Idaho

Idaho State Police say they have been notified about several attempted scams targeting registered sex offenders. The scams have taken place in at least one Idaho county and six Florida counties. (KBOI File Photo)

Idaho State Police say they have been notified about several attempted scams targeting registered sex offenders. The scams have taken place in at least one Idaho county and six Florida counties.

The scam involves a caller posing as an officer who tells the sex offender that they have missing or have out-of-date registration information. The caller then states in order to avoid arrest for failure to register, the sex offender must bring a gift/money card to a specific location.

The caller also may provide a callback number and voicemail that sounds like it belongs to a local law enforcement agency office.

Another report said the caller says they are with the sheriff's office and they have a warrant for being non-compliant. The scammer continues to say the only way to take care of the warrant without being arrested is to get a money card from the store and share the card number over the phone with the caller.

Idaho State Police said anyone receiving such a phone call should not follow the instruction and should immediately report it to the local sheriff's office.

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