Red light camera scam warning

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by Meredith Yeomans

azfamily.com

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 27 at 10:01 PM

PHOENIX - Scammers have figured out a new way to try to trick you out of your money and this time, it involves red light cameras.

Most of us have seen the cameras flashing at intersections around the Valley.

But whether you've actually received a ticket for running a red light really doesn't matter when it comes to this new scam.

That's because con artists are randomly calling phone numbers claiming to be the police and telling people they have an unpaid ticket that needs to be taken care of right then and there.

Otherwise, you're threatened with jail time.

Of course, there is no overdue ticket and the person on the other end of the line just wants your credit card information.

Tom Hermann is with Redflex which installs and operates the cameras and says this scam that has hit consumers nationwide, but originated in Texas.

He says Redflex or law enforcement will never call you about a ticket.

It'll always be done in writing.

“If I don't know who you are on the phone. I need to get your information and say I'll call you back. I don't know who you are, give me your phone number and then call local police so that police will be aware the scam is in town, and they can stop it and protect people from losing their money,” Hermann said.

In a nasty new twist, these con artists will call back their victims days later saying there was a mistake, that your credit card was never charged.

Their hope is that you won't double-check the transaction on your bank statement.

As a general warning, never give out your credit card information over the phone to anyone you don't know.

If you do get taken, call your credit card company right away and cancel it.

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