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The Connecticut State Police warned residents about scams occurring at rest areas throughout the state.

Police said strangers are approaching drivers at rest areas and asking them for money. The people involved in the scam claim that they need money for gas and could have left their wallets at home, according to state police.

The incidents were reported at rest areas along Interstate 95 and 84 as well as the Wilbur Cross/Merritt Parkway.

State police urged people to "avoid giving money to those asking," especially if it is "under questionable circumstances."

"Simply decline the request and continue with your own travel," state police posted on its Facebook page.

If people encounter issues or "feel threatened in any way," they were advised to call 911.

State police also advised people to "not donate over the phone or to solicitors who appear at your door." People should also avoid donating through Western Union or similar money transfer system.

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