Security Tip of the Week – Tollway Turmoil

Beware of smishing scams targeting motorists with fake toll due texts from the Pennsylvania Turnpike which could lead to data theft.

Keller Schroeder Security Solutions Group Logo

Scams that occur over text messaging are called smishing scams. This week, cybercriminals are using smishing to target motorists. They send a fake text message claiming that you have a toll due for driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The toll is not for a large amount, but the message says that if it isn’t paid immediately, you will be charged additional late payment fees. 

There is a link in the text message, and you are instructed to tap the link in order to settle your balance. However, the text message is actually from cybercriminals, and if you tap the link, it could take you to a fake payment website. Cybercriminals use fake websites to steal your login credentials, take your money, and install malware on your phone. Always stop and think before you click! 
Follow these tips to avoid falling victim to a smishing scam:

  • Be cautious when making a payment after receiving a text message. You should always visit the official website of the organization to make a payment instead of clicking the link in the message.
  • Always stop and question if a message is expected prior to taking action. If you have not recently driven on the tollway,  receiving a message regarding paying a toll would be very suspicious. 
  • This smishing scam targets drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. But this sort of scam could target tollways in any location.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don’t be fooled.

KnowBe4 Logo - Keller Schroeder Vendor Partner

KnowBe4 is the world’s most popular integrated platform for awareness training combined with simulated phishing attacks. Let Keller Schroeder show you how KnowBe4 has helped thousands of organizations just like yours manage the continuing problem of social engineering. Contact us today to learn more.

DISCLAIMER : Any non-technical views expressed are not necessarily those of Keller Schroeder or its employee-owners.


Join Our Mailing List

More Posts

DBA Services – A Whole Lot Tougher

Joe Dunn, Senior DBA and Senior Data Engineer for Keller Schroeder explores the rapidly changing DBA Services environment and discusses the impact of many of the newer technologies on that landscape for the DBA professional.

Tips for Effective Project Management

Explore the essentials of project management, including leading teams, coordinating tasks, and leveraging methodologies like Waterfall and Agile for project success.