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Don’t get hooked by E-ZPass phishing scam

Malliotakis warns of emails seeking payment

July 23, 2014 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who often drives back and forth over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to visit both sides of her district, says a new phishing scam is hitting E-ZPass customers
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There’s a new scam out there, and it could ensnare anyone who uses the E-ZPass when driving on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and other crossings.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) is warning E-ZPass customers of a newly-discovered email phishing scam that attempts to collect unpaid tolls.

“It is an unfortunate reality that people go to great lengths to devise plans and scam unsuspecting individuals,” Malliotakis said. “These scam artists are leaving no stone unturned and must be stopped. To all E-ZPass holders, please be careful and share this information with others who may also be affected.”

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Eyewitness News recently reported that transportation agencies are warning motorists to be wary of emails seeking payment for unpaid tolls. According to Eyewitness News, the phishing email would read, “Dear Customer, You have not paid for driving on a toll road.” The email urges the recipient to pay up as soon as possible.

But E-ZPass never seeks payment via email, according to Malliotakis. The E-ZPass Service Center ensures drivers and other consumers that the only form of inquiry for missed payments is done via the US Postal Service, not by email, she said.

The Port Authority of the New York and New Jersey has advised the public to delete any email received by E-ZPass because it is not an authorized communication by the agency, Malliotakis said.

As a legislator representing a district that crosses two boroughs, Malliotakis frequently drives back and forth over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to visit both sides of her Brooklyn-Staten Island district.

Customers with questions or concerns can call the E-ZPass New York Customer Service Center at 1-800-333-8655.


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