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Scammers Target Users of Toll Road with Fake Emails

Cnbc.com reported on 17th August, 2015 stating that for the second year in a row, scammers are trying to collect credit card credentials of drivers who use toll roads in the Washington, D.C., and metro area by attacking them with scam emails.

Regional driver's association AAA Mid-Atlantic recently said that the deceptive emails target around 2.1 million vehicles in Maryland and Virginia with E-ZPass transponders which was used to pay toll tax electronically.

The fake emails warn drivers by informing them that they are indebted for using the toll roads for driving with a link to a fake website requesting users to enter financial and personal data.

AAA said that if you receive a notification talking of a toll debt which is not sent by the Virginia Department of Transportation, then it must be a scam.

Recipients who click the link enclosed in the phony email are taken to a webpage where they are told to submit financial and personal credentials to shell off these "debts" but actually a virus is invited onto your PC by clicking the link.

Patch.com published news on 17th August, 2015 quoting John B. Townsend II, Manager for Public and Government Affairs of AAA Mid-Atlantic, as saying "Everyone should be aware of these fraudsters who try to rob your hard-earned money and account details, hijack your security and cause havoc on your PC."

He added: "Be careful and judicious. Don't fall victim to any tricks to disclose your personal credentials. Don't trust any email which directs you to a website where you are asked to submit credit card or private information."

Scam emails can be recognized by number of the toll road "000923942" and often include improper grammar with wrong spellings of words which indicate that the email is a scam email.

E-Z Pass says that any person receiving an unsolicited email demanding payment can call customer service center of E-ZPass at their toll-free number 1-877-762-7824.

Unluckily, it is the second time within one month only that an organization has raised fear about scam emails pretending to be from E-ZPass. During middle of July 2015, OnGuardOnline.gov advised users to be careful about emails which seemed to be from E-ZPass as those emails were accompanied with the logo of E-ZPass.

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