Police warn of red light camera scam
“Notice of Violation” never arrives by phone or email
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville Police want citizens to beware of a scam involving phone calls and emails about bogus traffic violations involving red light cameras.
Police say the potential victim receives an email “Notice of Traffic Violation” from a phony address saying they’ve been “cited with a traffic violation and must pay your citation within 72 hours.”
The potential victim is advised not to mail the payment and told that all citations must be paid though an EasyPay Center. The scammer says the email and phone calls are from the “CPD Photo Enforcement Unit.”
A system of red light traffic cameras is operated in Clarksville involving seven camera at four locations. However, all authentic Notices of Violation are sent via regular mail from the U.S. Postal Service, never via email or phone calls.
The Notice of Violation from the City of Clarksville, TN Photo Enforcement Program includes substantial amount of data, such as photos of the alleged offense, the specific vehicle, date, time, and violation location, and vehicle owner and driver information.
The official notice gives extensive instructions for options to contest the claim and request a hearing. It also offers a valid phone number to call for assistance.
Clarksville Police urge residents to beware of this scam and avoid becoming a victim. Do not respond to emails or phone calls involving an alleged red light camera Notice of Violation. Do no click on any of the links embedded in the email, which also is another attempt, known as a phishing scam, to get personal data from the victim.
Police advise residents to notify law enforcement if they have suffered a financial loss or provided personal data as a result of this scam.