Not so fast: Greenville police issue warning about red light camera scam

Published: May. 23, 2019 at 6:04 AM EDT
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You may want to pump the brakes before paying a red light citation.

Greenville police say they've received multiple reports this week about an e-mail from issuing red light citations.

The e-mail is signed by the Department of Transportation and says that a traffic camera recorded you running a red light and you've been charged with a citation.

The e-mail includes a link where it says you can pay the fine online at It gives you a four-day window to pay, but real citations allow you 30 days.

If you pay, the money doesn't end up in the hands of government agencies, but scammers.

Officers say all red light citations are sent via post office, not e-mail.

The legitimate citations include the police departments official logo, as well as a picture of your car and license plate.

If you pay your citation online, the website to do so is

​ not the one the scammer provided in the e-mail.

You can also pay your citation in a check made out to the City of Greenville or in-person at the police department. Cash payments must be made at city hall.

If you have any doubts about your citation, call police first. You can read more about the red light camera program