E-ZPass users targeted in phishing scam

Fake emails are making the rounds in Maryland, Virginia and a dozen other states for the second year in a row.
Fake emails are making the rounds in Maryland, Virginia and a dozen other states for the second year in a row.

Drivers in the Washington, D.C. metro area are being targeted by a phishing scam that purports to come from E-ZPass, the in-car devices used to pay highway tolls electronically.

Fake emails are making the rounds in Maryland, Virginia and a dozen other states for the second year in a row, an AAA Mid-Atlantic news release said.

The message claims that the recipient owes money on their E-ZPass account. Once a victim clicks on a link in the email, they are taken to a site that resembles the authentic E-ZPass site and are instructed to provide personal and financial data. Additionally, the phony site could load malware onto the user's computer or mobile device.

The CyberCrimes Division of the FBI and the FTC are investigating, the release said.

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