The Marana Police Department has seen a recent increase in a phone scam involving a person claiming to be a police officer.

The caller tells the victim they were caught speeding by a traffic enforcement camera and failed to appear for their court date, Sgt. Chris Warren, spokesman for the Marana Police Department, said in a news release.

The victim is told they now owe the fine for the speeding ticket and court fees, and, if they fail to pay, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. The scammer tells them they can avoid arrest if they buy a “Green Dot” pre-paid Visa or MasterCard totaling the amount of the fine and fees and call them back with the account number on 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,” Warren said.

Anyone who receives such a call should report it to the police. When making a report, callers should be prepared “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,” Warren said.

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