Gift Card Scam

On Friday, June 28, 2019, RCPD received a theft report from a Manhattan woman who was scammed out of $20,000.00 using the gift card scam.

RCPD warned residents 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 RCPD 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.

  • RCPD and other law enforcement will NEVER call you unsolicited and ask for money, payment or personal information.
  • If someone asks you to pay for something with gift cards, there is a good chance it is a scam.
  • You can ALWAYS call RCPD to verify if something doesn’t seem right. Their non-emergent number is (785) 537-2112.
  • 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 RCPD encourages everyone  to talk to family, friends & neighbors. If more are informed about the scam, our community can avoid having more victims of this crime.