Jan 21, 2020 1:00 AM

Police investigate report of dating app scam in Kansas

Posted Jan 21, 2020 1:00 AM

The Wichita Police Department has received recent reports of a scam where suspects are impersonating police officers. In these cases, the victims correspond with whom they believe to be a female on a dating app, according to a social media report from police.

Male suspects pretending to be police officers and the female’s father will then call the victim telling them the woman is underage and that they need to send them money.

Please know that the Wichita Police department members will never call anyone requesting money, and these types of calls are scams.If you have any questions about the legitimacy of a call from the WPD, then you can call City Hall at (316) 268-4111, which is answered at all times.

Here is a list of other valid WPD numbers:

WPD Investigations – (316) 268-4407• Patrol North Police Station – (316) 350-3400• Patrol South Police Station – (316) 350-3440• Patrol West Police Station – (316) 350-3420• Patrol East Police Station – (316) 350-3460

WPD will continue to investigate this, and if you have any information about those responsible for this scam, please call WPD Detectives at 316-268-4407.

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Jan 21, 2020 1:00 AM
Kansas woman due in court for alleged counterfeiting
Watterson photo KDOC

COWLEY COUNTY— A Kansas felon with previous convictions that include identity theft and forgery is now in jail for alleged counterfeiting.

Just after 3 p.m. January 14, police responded to a restaurant in Arkansas City for a report of a person later identified as 43-year-old Amy Watterson, who had attempted to pass fake money, according to a media release from police.

Although she left before police arrived, officers quickly located and arrested her. Officers found she was in possession of several bills of fake currency.

Further investigation determined she had attempted to pass the fake cash at multiple locations in the Arkansas City area, as well as in other jurisdictions.

“We are asking local businesses to be extra vigilant when accepting larger-denomination bills that potentially could be fake or counterfeit,” warned Police Chief Dan Ward.

 Watterson remains jailed on requested charges that include counterfeiting as well as one misdemeanor count each of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and theft.

Over the past ten years, Watterson has served prison time for arson, theft, burglary and for making false writing, ID theft and and forgery, according the Kansas Department of Corrections.

She is expected in court later this week on the new charges, according to district court officials.