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New Email Scam Targets E-Z Pass Users

A new phishing scam is targeting E-Z Pass users.
A new phishing scam is targeting E-Z Pass users. Photo Credit: Flickr

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A new scam is taking advantage of people who use their E-ZPass at tollbooths, OnGuardOnline.gov is warning.

Here’s how the scam works: You get an email that appears to be from E-ZPass. It has the E-ZPass logo and says you owe money for driving on a toll road. It also provides a link to click for your invoice, OnGuardOnline warns.

However, the email isn’t from E-ZPass. By clicking on the link, hackers may be putting malware onto your computer. By responding with personal information, you could make yourself vulnerable to identity theft, according to OnGuardOnline.

This E-ZPass scam is one of the latest phishing scams, whereby criminals pretend to be legitimate businesses to gain access to your personal information.according to OnGuardOnline, here are a few online security tips to help you avoid phishing scams:

  • Never click on links in emails unless you’re sure who sent you the message.
  • Don’t respond to any emails that ask for personal or financial information. Email isn’t a secure way to send that information.
  • Type an organization’s URL yourself, and don’t send personal or financial information unless the URL begins with https (the “s” stands for secure).
  • If an email looks like it is from E-ZPass, contact E-ZPass customer service to confirm that it is truly from them.
  • Keep your computer security software current.

OnGuardOnline advises that ff you think you might have been the victim of a phishing email, forward it to spam@uce.gov and to the company impersonated in the email. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission atftc.gov/complaint .Visit the FTC’s Identity Theft website at ftc.gov/idtheft .

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