Shocking news from the Nevada Highway Patrol this week, as troopers have observed impostors approaching the scene of car accidents, pretending to be from the police.
They will try to steal your identity. They may even try to cause an accident with you so they can commit insurance fraud.
What Can You Do?
- >> Do not share your driver’s license with anybody at the scene of a crash.
- >> If somebody approaches you but isn’t wearing a uniform, don’t trust him.
- >> Call 311 or *647 to speak with the Nevada Highway Patrol to verify the identity of persons responding to an accident.
- >> Share this information with your friends and family.
Scammers Stealing Identities
As you likely have heard, Las Vegas has a new policy in which police will no longer respond to accidents which do not involve an injury. This means it’s up to the people involved to be responsible for exchanging information and resolving claims. However, according to the NHP, scammers might try to steal your identity by showing up and pretending to be with the police, then asking for your personal information.
This past Monday, troopers observed a person responding to an accident scene with business cards and official-looking forms. This person claimed to be with the police, and said he was sent “since police no longer respond to accidents.” In fact, it wasn’t long before a second scammer arrived saying the same thing.
These identity thieves aim to get your driver’s license information, as well as insurance information. They will try to steal your identity. They may even try to cause an accident with you so they can commit insurance fraud.
Share this information with your friends and family.