MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police say a 73-year-old Manhattan man fell victim to a lottery scam and lost $40,000 in the process.
Police say the scammers claimed thousands of dollars from the victim over a span of six months, starting in November of 2012.
According to Officer Matt Droge with the Riley County Police Department, the suspect or suspects stated that they had a prize for him that required some sort of a payment in order for him to claim it.
"Unfortunately, there was no prize and an unknown suspect(s) were able to collect that money from him through the mail," Droge told WIBW.
"I would like to remind the community to be vigilant in protecting their information, property and money from scams. I would suggest looking into prizes or offers that one may receive (that often seem too good to be true) and not being afraid to ask questions. It is also not a bad idea to watch out for family and friends who may fall victim and do what you can to help prevent the crime, by being informed. If you feel you have become a victim of a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency," Officer Droge added.
The RCPD is investigating the case as a theft.