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Police warn of fake parking tickets in Red Bluff

Published On: Jan 13 2014 09:26:52 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 14 2014 01:07:51 AM CST
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

A phony parking ticket was found on the windshield of a Red Bluff High student's truck.

Red Bluff Police are warning people to be on the lookout for a potential scam.

Officers said they haven't seen anything like the ticket Red Bluff High junior Brittney Warner found on her truck after school last week.

"I just came out on Friday after school and there was a ticket on the windshield," said Warner.

"I was freaking out because he would've been really mad, "said a laughing Warner as she stood next to her father, Kevin Warner, after school on Monday.

However she wasn't laughing when she saw the ticket.

It was marked and sealed with the city of Red Bluff symbol.

All addresses and emails pointing to the city.

The parking fine was $40 and some change but on top of that there was a $360 late penalty, bringing the total amount owed to $401.

Warner said she was shocked because she just got her license and had only driven to school a few times.

"Everyone parks here so I'm like 'why do I get a ticket? Everyone parks here.'" exclaimed Warner.

She was parked on Union Street, across the street from Red Bluff High School.

Warner said she knew she had to tell her dad.

Dad, Kevin Warner, said initially he was pretty surprised by the initial tab.

"And then I got to looking at it and it just didn't look right. So I told her not to worry about it and I would go down to the police station and have them look at it."

When he showed authorities, his suspicions were confirmed.

The addresses and phone numbers listed on the ticket didn't exist.

Now the Warners have a message for others.

"Just be aware if something doesn't look like it's supposed to. There wasn't a license plate number on the truck so be aware of what people put on your windshield," said Kevin Warner.

Red Police said the tickets they issue are much smaller.

If you believe you have been issued a fake ticket you're urged to contact their department.

Also be sure to check the fine print.

At the bottom of the ticket Warner received in small writing it said "DON"T PARK IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE."