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CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Charles County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam involving red light camera tickets.

Officials say someone is calling residents claiming to be a police officer and warning the person called that they have an unpaid camera violation in Charles County. The caller then tells the person a warrant has been issued and the only way the person can have it dismissed is to make a payment over the phone using a credit card.

Reports indicate the caller is demanding and insists the person must pay the cost of the ticket immediately, according to officials. In some cases, the caller told the person the citation was $259.76 and court costs were $238.00.

In other cases, the suspect told people he would talk with his supervisor about setting up payment plans if they were not able to pay immediately.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office does not make phone calls regarding camera violations nor does the agency call anyone to make payments over the phone for any type of case. These calls are scams. Anyone who receives a call of this nature is urged to hang up immediately. Persons who believe they may have been victims of this scam are asked to call the CCSO at (301) 932-2222. For information about the CCSO Red Light Camera program, please visit our website at www.ccso.us.

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