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New phone scams are stealing IDs and 'big money,' MN attorney general says

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is warning of a wave of newer, modern variants of traditional phone scams that are creating a surge in fraud and identity theft plaguing Minnesotans and people across the United States.

Swanson said innovations in technology — notably, software capable of “caller ID spoofing” — enables scammers to mask their identities and locations in more sophisticated ways. By using these new tools, scammers impersonate local numbers or legitimate businesses, which allows them to target victims across the globe with relative ease.


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