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WSP Warns Of 'Identity Theft Investigation' Scam

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol wants you to know about a phone scam that is happening across the state. 

Troopers say the scam is requesting people to give their Social Security Number when they call an (813) Florida area code as part of an identity theft investigation. 

Numerous individuals say they've been getting phone calls from people saying they are an official from the "Washington State Police" and the "U.S. Justice Office." The callers are asking people to call an "813" area code number in Florida to confirm their Social Security Number.

Troopers want you to know identity thieves pose as businesses, banks, or government representatives in order to get your personal information. Troopers say these scammers may appear legitimate and convincing, but you should never reveal your information to anyone you do not know. The Washington State Patrol says if you are called by someone representing themselves as a WSP employee and they ask for your personal information, to call a local WSP office immediately to confirm the caller is an actual employee. 

For more tips on how you can protect yourself against identity theft, check out these websites:

Washington State Attorney General
www.atg.wa.gov

Washington State Patrol/Department of Licensing Identity Theft Unit
www.dol.wa.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud

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