GILBERT, AZ - Officials are warning residents of a phone scam that has been targeting Gilbert residents recently.
Jesse Sanger, spokesman for the Gilbert Police Department, said the scam involves a caller identifying himself or herself as a police lieutenant or captain from a Valley agency working to collect payment on unpaid traffic fines or photo radar tickets.
The caller then tells the victim that if the fine is not paid immediately their license will be suspended or they will be arrested, according to Sanger.
Victims are instructed to pay a specified amount of money over the phone using a credit card or a Green Dot prepaid Visa or Mastercard. If the victim doesn't have a credit card they are instructed to purchase one and call the scammer back, according to Gilbert police.
Sanger wants the public to know that the Gilbert Police Department and the Gilbert Municipal Court do not ask for money or take money over the phone.
The public can report suspicious incidents similar to this one by calling the Gilbert Police Department's non-emergency number, 480-503-6500.