Caller posing as RCPD officer

By The Mercury

Someone claiming to be Lt. John Roberts of the Riley County Police Department has been calling people and leaving voicemails, asking people to pay a fine to avoid being arrested.

But RCPD doesn’t employ anyone named John Roberts — let alone a lieutenant. This ploy is a scam, according to a department press release.

Now, real police investigators are trying to put an end to the fraudulent calls.

“Any time a person receives a call from someone soliciting money, they should immediately be suspicious of that call, even more so if they claim to be employed by the Riley County Police Department,” RCPD Investigations Division Capt. Richard Fink stated in the press release. “RCPD suggests that you hang up and call us at 537-2112 to report the suspicious call.”

Police have received several reports of the fake lieutenant’s attempts to collect in Manhattan and Riley County.

According to those reports, the caller states he is “Lt. John Roberts of the Riley County Police Department Warrants Division.”

He informs potential victims that they have either missed jury duty or are required to pay a fine. He stresses that failure to comply will result in an arrest.

The caller then asks for electronic payment or by gift card payment to cover the fake fines.

The real RCPD doesn’t operate the way the caller portrays, according to police.

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