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Nevada Highway Patrol Warns of Identity Theft Scam

PHOTO: The Nevada Highway Patrol is cautioning the public about a possible identity-theft scam involving traffic accidents. Photo courtesy Nevada Highway Patrol.
PHOTO: The Nevada Highway Patrol is cautioning the public about a possible identity-theft scam involving traffic accidents. Photo courtesy Nevada Highway Patrol.
May 12, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Highway Patrol is cautioning the public about a possible identity-theft scam involving traffic accidents.

Trooper Loy Hixson says two suspects recently collected information from the two parties involved in a crash in the Las Vegas area. The suspects arrived at the accident scene in unmarked vehicles, claiming to represent the local police department, and proceeded to fill out accident reports.

"Is it possibly identity theft? Is it maybe opening up any type of credit account? Could it be possibly insurance fraud, using this information and filing a false claim?" asks Hixson. "There's so many things that, unfortunately, this opens the door for."

Hixson says State Troopers at the scene quickly realized the suspects were not legitimate, but notes they didn't have enough evidence to make an arrest at the time.

Legitimate police officers always arrive at an accident scene in a marked police vehicle and in full uniform, says Hixson – and drivers also have the right to verify an officer's identity.

"If that driver, or the drivers that are there involved, are not quite sure, they have the option of asking that police officer for their ID, or even contacting the agency's dispatch and they will verify that this is an officer on the scene," he adds.

Hixson says anyone who may be targeted for identify theft should contact law enforcement right away.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV