BOSTON (CBS) – A new phone scam is making the rounds, and apparently it’s catching people off guard. The caller claiming to be a police officer says you have an overdue red light camera fine.

He offers to help you pay the ticket in order to avoid a larger fine, court case, or even jail. All you have to do is give him your credit card information.

Sure enough, the call is a hoax.

Paula Fleming at the Better Business Bureau says never ever give your personal information to someone who calls you.

“If someone’s calling, emailing; you never want to provide your personal information,” she said, “because you don’t know who is on the other end of that email or phone call.”

Fleming says if you can, try and find out as much information as possible about the caller, so real law enforcement can track them down.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Comments (2)
  1. TicketKick says:

    It’s important to note that the court does not correspond with defendants via phone or email about traffic tickets. The law set specific standards in court procedure for issuing red light camera tickets, and it would be illegal for them to serve you by phone or email. If you get this type of call, “dismiss it’s authenticity immediately,” says Greg Muender, founder and president of TicketKick, a California legal company specializing in helping drivers contest red light camera tickets. Another way you can sense a scam is if the caller/emailer is asking for your information. The court would already have all of your driver information. For more info on red light camera tickets, check out:

  2. Morris says:

    I recommend reporting these telephone numbers to in order to expose their scams and warn others, it’s a free service available to anyone

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