Scam: Red Flags That Scream Scam! Don’t Become The Next Victim

Scammers are sending out emails and text messages claiming “You have unpaid tolls that need to be settled ASAP”. The messages look very convincing, showing the E-ZPass logo telling users to click a link to go to “” and enter personal details like your credit card number and date of birth to pay fake tolls. It’s all a scam.

As a Cybersecurity Analyst, I’ve taken my time to investigate and the recent scam surrounding this website. This article provides a clear understanding of this scam, how it works, what to do if you fall victim, and lots more.

Exposing The Scam

Tollspayny is a shady website pretending to help people pay their toll fees. We discovered that scammers are sending messages to every phone number in New York, claiming that people haven’t paid their toll fees and demanding immediate payment. But their main goal isn’t actually to get your money but rather steal your personal info, credit card details etc. The scam starts when you click on the link in the message, this prompt you to give up your personal info, install harmful software on your device and let them control it as part of a network of hacked computers amongst other things.

We also found that they’re sending fake violation notices via email, saying that recipients didn’t pay tolls for using a toll road. These emails often seem to come from E-ZPass, a system used by many toll agencies across multiple states. Some emails are labeled as coming from a “Collection Agency” and have subject lines like “Indebtedness for driving on toll road.” They usually start with a greeting like “Dear Customer.”

If you’re looking to pay tolls in New York, stick to the official websites like or You can also dial their toll-free support number at 1-800-333-8655 for help and payments. Any website other than the ones above may be a scam.

What Is The Real TollsByMail Doing About This Scam

TollsByMail Is fully aware of this scam and recently issued a warning to customers and general public saying “ Smishing Scam-We have recently learned of an SMS message scam being presented as an attempt to collect Tolls on behalf of “NY Toll Services”. Please be advised this is not an authorized communication from E-ZPass or the Toll mail Agency associated with E-ZPass and advice you not to access the website contained within the message if you should receive one. E-ZPass New York will never for a customers Date of birth or other personal identifiable information. Real communications from E-ZPass New York will only refer customers to the following official websites and

Red Flags That Scream Scam

We discovered that was just created yesterday(3) March 2024 in Hong Kong China and it’s registered by a company called “Earnest international Limited”. The connection to Hong Kong and the new website simply means it’s part of an international scam, possibly from China or nearby areas. We also found reviews on Reddit from people who got similar text messages.

What To Do If You Receive The Scam Email

  1. Don’t click on it
  2. Change your online passwords: If you have shared your password with the scammer, change your password immediately.
  3. Also be sure to use a strong and unique password for each account.
  4. Report the scam: You can report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or your local law enforcement agency.
  5. Check your credit report: Monitor your credit report for any suspicious activity.
  6. Stay vigilant: Be alert for any other phishing scams or suspicious emails, and do not share any sensitive information.

Here Are Five Easy Ways To Keep Yourself Safe From Email Scams and Hackers:

  1. Don’t respond to suspicious emails. If you don’t know the sender or the email looks weird, just delete it. Answering these emails tells scammers your email is active, leading to more scams.
  2. Keep your computer software up-to-date. Scammers target old software to sneak in viruses. Make sure you update your software regularly to stay protected.
  3. Get antivirus and phishing protection software. These programs help keep your emails safe by spotting and blocking harmful content.
  4. Be careful with email links and attachments. If an email seems fishy, don’t click on any links or download anything. Check the sender’s identity first.
  5. Don’t share personal info online. Scammers might pretend to be someone you know to trick you into giving away personal info. If you get an unexpected email asking for info, ignore it and verify the sender’s identity before sharing anything.

Final Words

Finally, Don’t trust messages about unpaid tolls from unknown sources like Instead, double-check with the toll agency’s official website. Also, avoid clicking any links or sending money through wire transfer. Stay cautious, informed, and keep yourself safe from these scams.

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