June 28, 2019
On Friday, June 28, 2019, we received a theft report from a Manhattan woman who was scammed out of $20,000.00 using the gift card scam.
We warned you about this 10 days ago, but the ruse continues to become more advanced.
The suspects disguise their number as the RCPD main line (785-537-2112). They claim different things, but attempt to maintain credibility by using names of those in leadership positions to include our Director, Dennis Butler, and others at the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Social Security Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The victim bought gift cards and gave the scammers the numbers, allowing them access to the funds.
1️⃣ RCPD and other law enforcement will NEVER call you unsolicited and ask for money, payment or personal information
2️⃣ If someone asks you to pay for something with gift cards, there is a good chance it is a scam
3️⃣ You can ALWAYS call us to verify if something doesn’t seem right. Our non-emergent number is (785) 537-2112
4️⃣ Talk to your financial institution. Maintaining an open dialogue may help others see red flags you might be missing
This information may seem common knowledge to some, but we need you to talk to family, friends, neighbors to make sure they know so another person does not become a victim.