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PORT ST. LUCIE -- On Saturday, Jan. 11, the Port St. Lucie Police Department received a report of fraud by impersonation. Police spoke to the victim, whom told the officer that he received a phone call from Lt. Little of the Port St. Lucie Police Department Traffic Division and gave a badge number of 76723. The victim told the officer that the alleged Lieutenant told him that he ran a traffic light and needed to pay for the fine or he would have a warrant out for his arrest. The victim became suspicious of the call and notified the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
The city of Port St. Lucie and the Port St. Lucie Police Department do not contact citizens over the phone for payments of traffic violations. Furthermore, the City of Port St. Lucie does not have red light cameras and does not monitor traffic violations remotely. The Port St. Lucie Police Department does not have an employee by the name and rank of Lieutenant Little and anyone receiving similar phone calls should be on high alert and realize that the caller is a fraud.
Port St. Lucie Police have been contacted by at least 10 residents with the same type of call from the suspect(s). It should be noted that the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has also been receiving reports of similar fraudulent phone calls.
Police officials are asking that if anyone should receive a phone call similar in nature to immediately call their local law enforcement agency to report the incident. Citizens should under no circumstances remit payment over the phone after receiving a phone call from a person claiming to be an official of the Port St. Lucie Police Department.