Warnings over E-ZPass email phishing scam

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 19, 2015 10:08 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Slocum

(Pittsburgh) -- Pennsylvania Turnpike officials and consumer advocates are warning people who pay tolls using E-ZPass to watch out for an email phishing scam. 

The emails claim the recipient owes money on their E-ZPass accounts.

The emails ask the reader to click on an Internet link to take care of the problem, but the link infects their computer with a virus. 

Caitlin Driscoll of the Better Business Bureau says the emails use the E-ZPass logo and look legitimate. 

But turnpike officials say they don't communicate with E-ZPass users by email. 

Also, the money for the electronic E-ZPass toll-paying devices is automatically drawn from a customer's bank account, so there's generally no need to send someone a message about their account.

But even if there is, that will be sent by regular mail.

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