Sarasota Police Department warns drivers of traffic citation scam

Posted by Kate Irby on July 10, 2014 

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are warning drivers about a red light camera citation scam. On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, a woman received a phone call telling her she had an outstanding red light ticket violation. The caller did not identify themselves and told the woman she had to pay by 5 p.m. to avoid a suspended driver's license and additional fees. The caller went on to tell the woman to go to the nearest Walgreens and purchase and Green Dot card and load $87.13 on it and call back with the account numbers on the card. "The woman contacted the Sarasota Police Department to verify the request after she was suspicious she was being scammed. The Sarasota Police Department will never call drivers asking for personal information or ask for a collection of funds," said Sergeant Bryan Graham, Sarasota Police Department. If anyone has any questions regarding a red light camera or red light camera citation, contact Sergeant Bryan Graham or Officer John Lake at 941-487-0022.

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SARASOTA -- The Sarasota Police Department is warning drivers not to fall for a red light camera citation scam.

A woman received a phone call Wednesday telling her she needed to pay a red light camera citation by 5 p.m. or her license would be suspended, according to a release.

The caller, who did not identify themselves, reportedly directed the woman to purchase a Green Dot card at Walgreens, load $87.13 onto the card and call back with the card's account number to avoid additional fees and a suspended license.

The woman was suspicious and called the Sarasota Police Department, who told her it was a scam.

"The Sarasota Police Department will never call drivers asking for personal information or ask for a collection of funds,” said Sgt. Bryan Graham of Sarasota Police Department.

If anyone has any questions regarding a red light camera or red light camera citation in Sarasota, call Sgt. Graham or Officer John Lake at 941-487-0022.

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