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Phone scam targets Rutherford County drivers


La Vergne police say at least six people have reported receiving phone calls in the past week from scammers impersonating police officers and demanding payment from red-light camera tickets.

Several other law enforcement agencies in Rutherford County have received similar reports.

Police say the criminals tell the victim their alleged ticket fines must be paid by credit card, by sharing debit or bank information, or by providing a prepaid money card.

The scammers are then telling the victim that if they don't pay, they will be arrested.

Sgt. John Eubank said two of the La Vergne victims ended up paying between $120 and $150 each, while the other potential victims hung up and reported the calls to police.

Police say no law enforcement agency in Rutherford County would solicit payment over the phone like this.

"If you receive a phone call, go to the police department in your jurisdiction to report it. Do not give any credit card or bank information over the telephone," Eubank said.

The criminals have claimed to be calling from the La Vergne Rutherford County Police Department, which does not exist, or the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office or Murfreesboro police.

The only jurisdiction in the county with red light cameras is Murfreesboro, and if you believe you may have been ticketed, call the Murfreesboro Police Department to confirm it.

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