MANHATTAN (KSNT) – The Riley County Police Department and the Kansas State University Police Department reports they have received several complaints regarding possible scams in the Manhattan and Riley County Area.
These scams are carried out over the phone or via postcard and request that the potential victim supply personal or financial information. RCPD wants to remind the public to question suspicious correspondences and protect personal information.
These scams are using the Riley County Police Department name on caller identification services and stating that potential victims are under an IRS investigation, owe for tuition or educational services, or have been listed on a warrant.
Potential postcard scams in the area have listed an organization called “group watch.” RCPD does not suggest members of the community send personal or financial information to any untrusted organization.
RCPD says residents of Manhattan and Riley County may, however, be receiving postcards related to the Nextdoor program which the department and other organizations will begin using in January. Nextdoor is a trusted and secure community communication program that will be replacing neighborhood watch. RCPD says personal information on this service is optional and community members can begin creating accounts now.
The Riley County Police Department and other similar agencies in the Manhattan and Riley County area do not accept bond, bail, or warrant related payments over the phone.