Sheriff warns of scam website offering concealed carry permits in several states

A sheriff in Pennsylvania warns the website, www.concealcarryservices.com, is a scam. (Photo: Screenshot/concealcarryservices.com)

A sheriff in Pennsylvania warns the website, www.concealcarryservices.com, is a scam. (Photo: screenshot/concealcarryservices.com)

A sheriff in Pennsylvania warned residents last week a website offering online concealed carry permits is a scam.

Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Friday the website www.concealcarryservices.com is fake and has no connection with state or local law enforcement agencies. The site claims to offer assistance in the concealed carry permit process for Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Louisiana.

“Users are directed to select a state and complete an online form, which prompts them to supply personal information almost identical to what would be provided on an application for a Pennsylvania license to carry firearms,” Kraus told the newspaper, warning residents the site also requests credit card information and charges an application fee — as much as $37 in some cases.

The website offers no specific contact information, just a disclaimer that reads: “ConcealCarryServices.com is not owned by, nor affiliated with any county, federal, state or city government. The application assistance services we offer are supplementary and the fees are in addition to those required by the state. Our service can save you time and effort by making it very clear what you need to do to complete your application accurately, and by eliminating your need to wait on hold with government organizations if you have questions.”

Kraus told the newspaper the concealed carry process isn’t overly complicated and requires no research. Pennsylvania permits cannot be obtained online — only in person.

The website went inactive for a few hours Friday, but was operational again as of Sunday.