Nationwide Alert: FBI Warns of Rising Smishing Scams Involving Unpaid Road Tolls


Share post:

Chicago, Illinois – According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a significant phishing scam targeting drivers with fraudulent unpaid toll notices has been sweeping through multiple states since early March 2024. 

Over 2,000 complaints have been logged with the IC3, revealing a pattern of deceptive texts that falsely claim recipients owe money for road tolls. These messages typically feature a bogus link impersonating state toll services and fluctuating phone numbers across states.

The smishing scam involves texts that specify an “outstanding toll amount,” usually around $12.51, threatening a $50.00 late fee to pressure victims into clicking a fraudulent link. The FBI urges anyone who receives such messages to file a complaint at, including the origin phone number and the fake website mentioned in the text. 

It’s critical to verify toll charges directly through official toll service websites and to contact their customer service if needed. Additionally, for those who have clicked on such links, the FBI recommends securing personal and financial information immediately and disputing any unfamiliar charges.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related articles

Hazmat Situation: Semi Hauling Lithium Batteries Catches Fire, Shuts Down I-94 in Michigan

Battle Creek, MI - A semi-truck hauling lithium batteries and iodine gas caught fire on I-94, causing a...

Severe Weather Threatens Iowa, Illinois: Enhanced Risk of Tornadoes on Tuesday

Davenport, IA - The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe weather alert for parts of Iowa...

Braidwood, IL – Memorial Day 5K to Impact Local Traffic Sunday

Braidwood, IL - The 2nd Annual Braidwood Memorial Day 5K, sponsored by Constellation, will take place on Sunday,...

Kankakee County’s Most Credible UFO Encounter in Bourbonnais Remains a Mystery 35 Years Later

Bourbonnais, IL - As the weather warms and more people head outdoors, the likelihood of encountering the unknown...