WICHITA, Kan Each day Wichita Police receive calls from people who believe they are the target of scams. We hope the information provided in the reports may keep you from falling victim to a scam.
Lincoln & Edgemoor 11:02 a.m. 39-year-old man tells police a subject owes him money. The victim said he cashed the check for the listed amount and gave the subject the money left over from the check. Now the 39-year-old man says his account is overdrawn and he can't find the subject.
2300 N. Oliver 11:36 a.m. 23-year-old woman received and check and was supposed to forward all but a small amount to another address. The money was sent to her for answering a job offer on a computer ad. The woman did not forward the money or deposit the check.
3400 E. Orchard 12:43 p.m. 66-year-old man received a letter and check notifying him that he's a winner in a sweepstakes. The man discarded the letter and gave the check to police.
7000 E. Stonegate 2:49 p.m. 41-year-old man gets a fraudulent check with instructions to cash it and keep a portion for himself and send the rest to another person. The man didn't suffer any loss.
2400 N. Bellwood 3:49 p.m. 75-year-old man receives a call from an unknown woman who is trying to obtain personal information. She said she is from the Social Security Administration and they needed his bank information and needed to send him a new social security card. The man provided police with the telephone number from caller ID.
2800 W. Oriole 4:03 p.m. 77-year-old man receives a call from a man with a heavy accent telling him they were renewing his medicare card and needed some information to verify. The man became suspicious when asked for his bank routing and account number. The man didn't provide the information.
1200 N. Pennsylvania 4:29 p.m. 20-year-old woman reports receiving at least 40 calls from different people stating they work for a cash advance business, trying to persuade her into getting a loan. She advised she was not interested and asked to be put on a no-call list. One of the last calls she received was from an unknown man. When she told him she was not interested and to stop calling, the man asked if he could touch her breast.
1100 S, Millwood 5:13 p.m. 28-year-old woman reports finding a job on Craigs List as a personal assistant. She received a check and was to deposit into her account, keep a portion and send the rest to foster homes. She received a second check for the same amount of money and was to wire the money to two other people. She later discovered that both checks were returned with an "account closed" status.
If you receive a call or a letter you believe is a scam, police ask that you call (316) 268-4221. If the scammer encounters you in person, call 911.