If you enjoy cruising past toll booths with the E-ZPass transponder on your windshield, be careful when you check your online statement — fraudsters are targeting drivers with a new scam.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity thieves have started sending e-mails with the E-ZPass logo, asking customers to log in and pay their bills. But the link takes customers to a fraudulent site, which can unknowingly install dangerous programs on visitors' computers. Enter your personal data, and you could soon become the victim of identity theft.
The FTC gives these tips for protecting yourself from scheming e-mails:
- Don't click on e-mail links unless you know with certainty who sent the message.
- Never answer e-mails requesting personal or financial information.
- Don't cut and paste a web address from an e-mail into a browser; type it in yourself. Make sure any site starts with the secure "https" prefix before entering personal information.
- Contact E-ZPass if you aren't sure an e-mail is legitimate.
- Keep your computer security software up to date.
For more on this and other scams visit consumer.ftc.gov and OnGuardOnline.gov.