BEWARE: Toll Scams Target Drivers Via Text Messages—FBI Shares Tips

By Giuliano De Leon

May 15, 2024 02:34 PM EDT

Toll scams are now spreading from state to state, targeting more and more American drivers. This is what the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed, saying that toll scammers are targeting their victims via text messages. How can you protect yourself? Here are the latest details.

BEWARE: Toll Scams Target Drivers Via Text Messages—FBI Shares Tips
Traffic flows through an entrance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, whose union is on strike, November 24, 2004 in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. The toll workers have been without a contract since September 2003.
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BEWARE: Toll Scams Target Drivers Via Text Messages

The FBI's IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) said it received more than 2,000 reports regarding toll scams via SMS messages since March. IC3, the US' cybercrime reporting central hub, stated that these complaints came from three states.

The FBI said that these toll scams work by texting victims that they have outstanding toll balances they must settle. A link redirecting drivers to a fake website that copies the real name and design of the toll services in their states will be sent afterward.

To help you avoid these toll scams, USA Today provided an example of a scam text message targeting drivers in the United States:

(State Toll Service Name): We've noticed an outstanding toll amount of $12.51 on your record. To avoid a late fee of $50.00, visit to settle your balance.

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FBI Shares Tips To Protect Drivers

According to Fox Business' latest report, the FBI provided some tips drivers can follow to avoid becoming victims to these toll scammers. These steps can help you protect yourself in case you suspect a text to be a toll scam:

  • First, file a complaint to the FBI IC3 and disclose the number that texted you. Other details would be helpful, such as text origin and website in the SMS text.
  • After that, check your account using a legitimate toll service website.
  • Then, call or text the toll customer service for assistance.
  • You need to delete the toll scam text messages you received.
  • To ensure the safety of your bank accounts, dispute any unfamiliar charges and other transactions with your bank.
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