The Marana Police Department has seen a recent increase in a phone scam involving a person claiming to be a police officer who tells citizens they have failed to pay a traffic fine.
The citizen is told the following:
• They were caught speeding by a traffic enforcement camera and failed to appear for their scheduled court date.
• Court fines are owed for the cost of the speeding ticket and for court related late fees.
• If they fail to pay immediately, their driver’s license will be suspended and a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
• To pay the fine, they need to put the full amount they owe on a “Green Dot” prepaid Visa or MasterCard and call the “police officer” back and provide him the digits from the card.
We would like to remind the public if they receive a call from anyone requesting payment for court related fines, please contact the court of record directly to verify the charges.
Citizens are also encouraged to report phone scams like this to their local police department. Please attempt to provide as much information as possible about the phone call, such as a return telephone number, name of the person calling, and who the person claims to work for.
Similar scams have occurred in Tucson and Oro Valley as well.