Residents across Rutherford County are being targeted in a new phone scam where people are pretending to be police officers.
La Vergne police said reports have been coming in since March 25 of residents receiving phone calls and being threatened to pay ticket fines from red light cameras or they will be arrested.
The scammers say the tickets have to be paid by credit card, in an attempt to gather bank and debit information, or by a prepaid money card.
"We have had at least six reported in La Vergne since last week," stated Sgt. John Eubank. "Two ended up paying between $120 and $150 each. The other potential victims were suspicious and reported the calls to police."
The thieves claim represent the La Vergne Rutherford County Police Department, which does not exist, or the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office or the Murfreesboro Police Department.
Sgt. Eubank urges the public to be on alert because no law enforcement agency within the county would do 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," said Eubank.
Anyone who genuinely believes they might have been ticketed can confirm with the Murfreesboro Police Department rather than believing a phone call from a stranger impersonating an officer.