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Tampa Police warn of red light citation scam

Tampa Police warn of red light citation scam

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Tampa Police are warning the community of a red light citation scam.

Police said the suspect called the victim and identified himself as Lt. Bell with the Tampa violations bureau asking for a total of $498.00.

The caller informed the victim that she had an outstanding red light citation and was being charged with contempt of court for not paying the fine, police said. Then, police said the suspect told the victim that she ran a red light at Nebraska Avenue and Busch Boulevard on 10/28/13. When the victim explained that she had not received anything in the mail, police said the caller became rude saying he didn't want to hear excuses and then told her the details of her required court appearance.

Police said he told her the only way to avoid court was to put money on his green dot card; $262 for the red light fine and $236 for the contempt of court fine. When the victim's husband took the phone to ask questions, police said the suspect hung up.

The victim called the Tampa Police Department's traffic unit and learned the department did not employ anyone by the name of Lt. Bell, police said.

TPD said they do not call drivers to collect any type of traffic fines including red light citations.

If anyone has received a call of this nature, police said they are urged to call the Tampa Police Department at 813- 231-6130.

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