The Riley County Police Department has issued a warning to people about an old fraud that has returned.
A common scam in which a caller purports to be an officer phoning about warrants has resurfaced, according to the Riley County Police Department.
The caller introduces themselves as “Sergeant Kyle” and claims to be informing residents of warrants.
This is odd, according to the RCPD, because there is no Sgt. Kyle on the force.
Cpt. Kyle hasn’t been a Sergeant in a long time, and even if he was, he wouldn’t be calling about warrant payments because the department doesn’t do that.
Residents should be warned that even if the phone number is correct, it may not be from the RCPD, according to the Department.
RCPD will never call a resident to ask for money.
Never send money or any personal information over the phone.
If people receive a call like this, RCPD advises them to hang up and phone the department – even if it’s the same number the scammer used – to make sure it wasn’t an officer who called in the first place.
The RCPD also issued the following cautionary statements.
A caller claims to be the victim’s grandson or granddaughter, who is in jail and needs money to get out.
The Laon Scam entails a corporation depositing money in an account for a “loan” and then asking the victim to return the excess. This is also known as the “Grant” con.
The Warrant Scam – Scammers leave a recorded message claiming that the victim has a warrant out for their arrest for “serious allegations,” but that they can clear their name for a fee.
IRS Scam – A caller claims the victim owes the IRS unpaid taxes and threatens to jail them until they pay the whole amount.
A scam in which a person’s social security number has been compromised.
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The victim’s identity has been stolen, and serious offences have been performed in her name. The caller, however, claims that the victim can pay to put things right.
A caller claims to be the victim’s grandson or granddaughter, who is imprisoned and in desperate need of money.
The Laon Scam involves a company depositing money in a victim’s account for a “loan” and then demanding that the excess be returned. The “Grant” con is another name for this.
The Warrant Scam – Scammers leave a recorded voice claiming that the victim is wanted for “serious allegations,” but that for a price, they can clear their identity.
IRS Scam – A caller claims the victim owes the IRS overdue taxes and threatens to put them in jail until they pay up.
A phishing fraud in which a person’s social security number is stolen.
Gift Card Scam – A scammer persuades the victim to buy gift cards for various reasons, and then instructs them to read the numbers on the back of the cards to collect the money.