FBI Releases Multi-State Alert Regarding Toll Road Users Scam

The FBI has disclosed over 2000 complaints concerning a text scam that targets toll road users across a minimum of three states, raising concerns of its potential interstate proliferation.

According to officials, recipients are being bombarded with text messages seemingly originating from toll road collection agencies, alleging outstanding toll fees. These messages contain links crafted to mimic the official names of state toll services. Termed a “smishing” attempt, this scheme employs fake text messages to dupe individuals into downloading malware, divulging sensitive data, or transferring funds to cybercriminals.

If you find yourself on the receiving end of such texts, the FBI recommends the following actions:

1. Lodge a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov, ensuring to include:
– The originating phone number.
– The website mentioned in the text.
2. Verify your account status via the toll service’s legitimate website.
3. Reach out to the toll service’s customer service hotline.
4. Erase any smishing texts received.
5. If you’ve interacted with the text in any way or disclosed personal information, take measures to safeguard your data and financial accounts. Challenge any unfamiliar charges promptly.

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