Scams Growing More Elaborate

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Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says scam artists have developed increasingly sophisticated ways to cheat people out of their money.

Bruning told reporters Thursday that his office received more than 800 consumer complaints last year involving phony phone, mail and internet-based scams. The warning comes in advance of National Consumer Protection Week.

Jim Hegarty of the Better Business Bureau says scammers have recently called Omaha Public Power District customers to request credit card information. Hegarty says the scam artists were able to spoof the information that appeared on caller IDs, so the calls appeared legitimate.

Bruning says the perpetrators are difficult to catch and prosecute, because they often work offshore and steal amounts that are too small to justify a large-scale investigation.