Police Warn Residents Against Fake Sex Offender Notice

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  HOWELL – Howell Police are warning residents of a letter that is making the rounds falsely claiming to be a Megan’s Law notification naming a Howell resident/ business owner.

  Police shared a community awareness post to their Facebook page emphasizing that the letter is a fake.

  “The person named is this letter is NOT subject to any type of investigation, prosecution or conviction of any offense related to Megan’s Law. At first this letter may seem real however upon examination it is poorly written and constructed,” stated police.

  The letter is marked with a State of New Jersey address. Residents that receive this letter are encouraged to handle it as little as possible and not to open it, “as it may be of evidentiary value,” said police.

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  If you have a letter in your possession, you can bring it to Howell Police Department or call 732-938-4111 and have an officer come to you.

  “We believe this letter was sent in retaliation for operating a successful business and to prevent further growth opportunities,” police said.

  For further verification, residents can check the sex offender registry at njsp.org/sex-offender-registry/ and type in the name and see how a community notification is actually conducted.

  “This is a serious offense. It’s malicious and evil. We are actively involved in this investigation to determine the source. We have included our federal law enforcement partners as well,” police said.

  Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Benitez at 732-938-4575 ext. 6627, inbox on Facebook Messenger or use the anonymous tip service p3tips.com.