Nevada attorney general warns of new phone scam

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The attorney general of Nevada is warning the public about a new phone scam in which the caller poses as a representative of state and federal offices.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt said in a statement that the callers try to collect personal information and money by pretending to be from his office or the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

He says his office will never contact Nevadans to ask for money.

Laxalt says the scam is sophisticated and callers often already have some information about their targets. That can include names, phone numbers, addresses and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.

He says people can call the Attorney General's office directly to verify a caller's authenticity.

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