Illinois I-Pass users warned of latest phishing scam
Chicago I-Pass users beware.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning motorists in states that are part of the E-Z Pass highway toll collection system that a new email phishing scam aims to install malware on to computers and obtain other sensitive personal data. Illinois is one of 15 E-Z Pass states.
According to the FTC, the scam works when users receive an email with the E-Z Pass logo that says they owe money for unpaid tolls. The email also includes a link to a fraudulent invoice.
"Guess what? The email isn’t from E-Z Pass. If you click on the link, the crooks running this scam may put malware on your machine,” the FTC warns. "And if you respond to the email with your personal information, they're likely to steal your identity."
In Illinois, I-Pass users recently were warned of the scam, and told to delete emails with the subject lines of "In arrears for driving on toll road" or "Payment for driving on toll road."
The FTC says those that receive such emails should forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to avoiding phishing
Phishing is a common scam perpetrated through email that contain fraudulent links or other ways to defraud email users of their money or personal information.
When reading email, ask these questions to avoid becoming a victim:
- Is this email from someone I know?
- Is a delivery really trying to contact me, through e-mail, about a package for delivery?
- Why would my computer company call me?
- Why would the government ask my permission to get into my computer?
- Did you get an email from your bank, insurance or credit card company alerting you to update your information?
- Do you need to install new software to listen to music, see a video or shop on a website?
If you should ever fall victim to one of these scams, a computer repair service may be the only way you’ll be able to rid your machine of the malware that’s attacking it.
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