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Cedar Rapids police warn of phone scam involving camera tickets

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The Cedar Rapids Police Department says there is a new scam involving the collection of automated traffic tickets.

Greg Buelow, Public Safety Communications Coordinator, says the scam involves someone calling a potential victim claiming they owe money for an unpaid camera citation and demands cash, credit card or other personal information to obtain the payment.

Buelow says a collection agency will call vehicle owners concerning delinquent citations on behalf of the city, but says they will never demand cash or make threats about impounding vehicles or issuing warrants.

He also says the city always accepts payment for past due tickets, even if they are in collections, so there is never pressure to pay a third party on the spot.

Police say if anyone comes to your home demanding payment, you should contact the Police Department because this collection method is not used by the City of Cedar Rapids for unpaid citations.

If you think you have an outstanding citation related to automated traffic enforcement, contact the City of Cedar Rapids Finance Department for verification and payment options at (319) 286-5134 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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