Using E-ZPass for a road trip this summer? Watch out. Scammers are posing as E-ZPass in emails and claiming to collect unpaid tolls. The emails carry viruses that infect your computer and can open you up to ID theft.
How the Scam Works:
You receive an email that appears to be from E-ZPass. It uses the correct colors and logo and appears to be collecting money from an unpaid toll. The message says you have ignored previous bills and urges you to pay immediately by downloading an attached "invoice."
You download the attachment, but nothing seems to happen. Not true! You just downloaded a virus to your computer. These viruses scan your machine for personal and banking information, which opens you up to the threat of ID theft.
As always watch out for variations on this scam. As the con evolves, scammers might change to phishing phone calls or link to a compromised or fraudulent third party website instead of an email attachment.
How to Spot a Phishing Email:
Most businesses send invoices by postal service, in the body of an email (no attachment) or by asking you to log into your secure account.
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