The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public about a scam that is occurring.
The victims so far appear to have been selected from the Sheriff’s Office sexual offender registration list. According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, the suspect caller identifies themselves as either Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Curtis and Maj. Kevin McGinley. The suspect tells the victims that the U.S. Department of Justice had ordered them to appear in court on May 28 in order to take DNA from them as part of President Donald Trump’s Federal Registry. The victims are also told that they now have a warrant for failure to appear and must settle it by taking advantage of the “Smart Program,” according to the press release. The victims are instructed to send money directly to an account to settle the dispute.
Sheriff’s Office officials said they do not have a program such as this and encourages anyone that receives a call of this nature to contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222.