Police Issue Warning On Gift Card Scam

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police are warning citizens about a scam that promises a big reward with the purchase of gift cards.

Staff members at the Walmart in Manhattan contacted RCPD detectives after an elderly woman came into the store and asked to purchase a gift card/VISA card in the amount of $399.00.

The woman told them that she was contacted and told if she got the card, she was to call a phone number and provide the card information. In doing so, she would receive $1000 in return.

Officials did not provide the name of the company that contacted the woman.

Police said it's clearly a scam but wanted to make the public aware of it, especially around the holidays, so that no one falls victim to the scheme and loses money.

RCPD will be including the scam in a campaign they are launching on Twitter to warn people about different hoaxes during the holiday season.