According to reports the caller states that he is “Lt. John Roberts of the Riley County Police Department’s Warrants Division” and informs potential victims that they have either missed jury duty or are required to pay a fine of some kind. The caller stresses that failure to comply will result in an arrest.
The caller next asks the potential victim to electronically, or through gift card, pay the fines.
Community members should know that this scam has been reported several times in the Manhattan and Riley County area and currently investigators are working to stop this activity. Community members should also know that RCPD does not operate in this manner and additionally, RCPD does not employ anyone by the name of John Roberts.
RCPD suggests that you hang up and call the department at 537-2112 to report the suspicious call.
The field trial is expected to last approximately two months, after which the agency will review the results and determine the next course of action.