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Nebraska State Patrol warns of spoofing scam

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OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - Crooks are back at it again. This time they're pretending to be Nebraska State Patrol employees and they're using a phone number that appears legitimate. According to the state patrol, the crooks are spoofing the number of a local office.

"In my experience, the Nebraska State Patrol has not come up in any of these types of scams before," said Matt Sutter, a lieutenant with the Nebraska State Patrol. "I believe this is a first."

It's a new twist to an old scam. Lieutenant Sutter told FOX 42 News Friday someone is using its Troop A office phone number to trick people. The scammer tells anyone who will listen that they have an issue with a loan and the IRS could get involved if it's not settled.

"We want to make everyone aware about this," said Sutter.

The Nebraska State Patrol says it would never contact you about loans or IRS activity. In fact, if you were to get a phone call from the patrol it's probably because you reached out to it first.

The lieutenant said Friday there are simple tips you can follow to prevent crooks from winning. First, never give out personal information in response to unexpected calls. Also, be skeptical if you are pressured for information immediately.

"Always be suspicious of that."

If you get a call from a scammer, the lieutenant encourages you to do more than just hang up. He wants you to report it to either the state patrol or the Nebraska Attorney General's Office. The information you provide could be helpful.

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