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Police warn about flat tire scam in Las Vegas

Scam artists are on the prowl targeting drivers in Las Vegas. Police say people are falling for the “flat tire scam.” (KSNV)

Scam artists are on the prowl targeting drivers in Las Vegas. Police say people are falling for the “flat tire scam.”

“I feel sad. I feel bad because we're so gullible,” said Denise Moore.

Moore is one of several drivers News 3 caught up with in a busy Las Vegas parking lot.

We asked them what they would do if someone waved them down and told them they had a flat tire.

“I wouldn't have that because I have my kids. That would be a no-go with me,” said Thomas Geyer.

“If they told me I had a flat tire, I would say thanks and see what was going on. It would probably be a good setup,” said Stephan Gibson.

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It’s a setup to rip you off and Officer Larry Hadfield with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says it’s happening on the west side of Las Vegas.

“Basic scam, getting your attention, telling you have a low tire or a flat tire and getting you to park your vehicle. And come out and inspect them as if they're doing a good thing,” explained Officer Hadfield.

The problem is, nothing is wrong with your tire. And now, you’re out of your car and distracted.

“There's a second suspect in play and that individual will go into the vehicle and steal any of your personal items that you have out,” Hadfield continued.

The bottom line: Don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.

“You don’t have to get out of your vehicle. You don’t have to open the door or do anything these people are asking,” said Hadfield.

If you are a victim of a scam, there are two things you can do to help police. Get a description of the suspect and write down the person’s license plate number.

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