Sarasota Police Department warning of red light camera citation scam

SARASOTA, Fla. – July 10, 2014 – 9 a.m.

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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 a 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.