Watch out for red light ticket scam in Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department is warning citizens of a red light camera citation scam where people are asked to give out their personal information in order to pay a red light ticket.

On Wednesday, July 9, 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.

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"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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