Cohoes Police warn about phone scam targeting sex offenders

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COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Cohoes Police Department issued a warning about a phone scam targeting registered sex offenders in the area.

Police said registered sex offenders have been receiving calls from a person who claims to be a law enforcement official saying that the offender is not complying with the registration requirements. Police said the caller claims there is a warrant for the offender’s arrest or says there is a court order to obtain a new DNA sample. 

The caller is saying the only way for the registered sex offenders to resolve the issue is to buy a cash card or arraign a money transfer, police said.

Cohoes Police said officers never request that registered sex offenders provide money to comply with registration requirements. 

Anyone receiving such a scam call should not make any transaction, and should contact the Cohoes Police Department at (518) 237-5333 to file a report.

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