TPD, HCSO warn of red light camera citation scam

TPD, HCSO warn of red light camera citation scam

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Red light cameras are visible at many intersections in the Bay area. Red light cameras are visible at many intersections in the Bay area.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Authorities in Hillsborough County are warning the public about a red light camera citation scam.

Investigators with the Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office are both working on cases involving elderly victims.

According to a Tampa Police Department report the unidentified suspect contacts the victim via telephone identifying himself as Lt. Bell with the ‘Tampa Violations Bureau.’

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The caller in the TPD case asked for $498.00 claiming the victim had an outstanding red light citation and was being charged additionally for contempt of court for not paying the fine.

The suspect told the victim that she ran a red light at the intersection of Nebraska Ave. and Busch Blvd. on 10/28/13. ‘Lt. Bell’ claims the incident was captured by a red light camera.

When the victim explains that she did not receive a citation in the mail the suspect became rude saying ‘he didn’t want to hear excuses.’ Detectives say the suspect continues saying the only way the victim can avoid a court appearance is by put funds on his ‘green dot card.’

He asks for $262 for running the red light and $236 for a contempt of court charge.

The TPD incident was reported on Wednesday. In that case when the victim’s husband got on the on the line to ask questions the caller hung up. The victim called TPD to find out the department does not employ a ‘Lt. Bell.’

The agency also does not call drivers to collect any type of traffic fines including red light camera citations.

If you have received a call of this nature please contact the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130.
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