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Beware of unofficial cash for clunkers sites

Scam artists are turning to the government's "cash for clunkers" program as a way to steal your personal information.

On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned consumers to be wary of unofficial “cash for clunkers” Web sites that seek personal information or direct consumers to pre-register for the program.

The government said dealers and consumers do not need to pre-register for the program, which provides $3,500 to $4,500 to people who trade in gas-guzzling clunkers for a new vehicle.

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