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Police: Scam targets people involved in accidents

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police is putting out a warning for drivers who could fall victim to a new kind of scam. The scam involves people, not involved in the accident, trying to get your personal information at a scene.

Mike McCaw says he's been driving for years and never had an accident, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

"I live in a society where anything can happen. We are all prey, we have to be careful," McCaw said.

Metro Police say if you get in a crash, be careful who you give your personal information to.

“We don't recommend private businesses to respond on our behalf," said Sgt. Todd Raybuck with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Authorities say two men showed up at a fender bender on US 95 and Decatur Boulevard on Monday and tried to get personal information from the drivers involved. The men claimed they worked with police to investigate the crash, Metro says that's not true.

"We do not suggest people get involved in that kind of activity on a scene of an accident of people who arrived unsolicited, for obvious reasons," Sgt. Raybuck said.

"People are very creative so we don't know what they can do," said Vida Lin, an insurance agent.

She says, aside from identity theft, the scammers could also use your information to commit insurance fraud. Lin says when strangers can access your license numbers, your birthday, your social security number, along with your policy number, you are vulnerable.

"If some strangers ask you for things, I would be leery of that," she said.

Insurance agents say the best thing you can do if you’re involved in a crash, and police are not present, take lots of pictures. Some insurance companies now have apps to access the photos directly from your smart phones.

According to police, Nevada law only requires you to give the other party involved in an accident three things: Your driver’s license, your address, and your vehicle registration. Drivers don't need to exchange insurance information, but authorities say it's always a good idea.

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