Rapid City Police warn residents of fraudulent checks in mail
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Police Department wants to warn residents of a scam showing up in mailboxes across the city.
In the instances reported, envelopes contain instructions and a check made out to the resident.
Instructions urge the recipient to deposit the check for cash and exchange for money orders or gift cards and mail back to the sender. The RCPD says the recipients could be enticed by keeping a portion of the money.
Once the check is deposited, if deemed fraudulent, the person making the deposit is then responsible with repaying the money to their bank.
The RCPD says they’ve recently received reports of the following scams:
- Calls from a scammer claiming to be with the IRS. They claim that the targeted victim owes back taxes and must settle their debt by sending gift cards.
- Calls from a person claiming to be a member of local law enforcement stating the targeted victim have a warrant or warrants out for their arrest. They may also claim that a targeted victim’s family member has been arrested and is in jail. Money/gift cards are requested to be sent in order to rectify both these circumstances.
- Calls where a person claims to be raising money for equipment for their local law enforcement agency. Local law enforcement in our area will never call you to solicit donations for equipment.
To avoid scams, they urge residents to “be leery unsolicited offers, and offers that seem too good to be true. If you receive calls/mail displaying these characteristics, hang up/discard it.”
If you feel you have been a victim of a scam, contact the Rapid City Police Department at 605-394-4131.