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Phone scam demands victims pay for red light citation

7:06 PM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety wants citizens to be aware of a phone scam targeting north Fulton County residents.

The callers identify themselves as Alpharetta police officers and tell the victims that they must pay a fine for a red light camera citation. If they don't, they will be held in contempt of court, according to the callers.

"At no time will an Alpharetta police officer or any other public safety employee contact a person by telephone requesting money," Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon said in a release. "No Alpharetta police officer would physically go to a residence or meet with any person in an effort to collect money."

Gordon added that anyone who receives a red light camera citation in Alpharetta will be contacted by the vendor that operates the camera system.

Gordon says the traffic camera program is privately run, and that written citations come directly from the police department.

Alpharetta Police said residents in Roswell and Johns Creek have also received calls from the scammers.

Anyone who receives such a phone call is encouraged to call the police and file a report.

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