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Turnpike Commission warns of phony E-ZPass notice

| Thursday, July 10, 2014, 1:11 a.m.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said on Wednesday that someone is sending out phony email notices regarding E-ZPass use.

“This is not a communication from E-ZPass, but is likely a phishing scam,” the commission stated. “We advise you not to open or respond to that message.”

The scam already was noticed in the Philadelphia area when a phony notice wound up on Tuesday in McKeesport.

“Dear customer, you have not paid for driving on a toll road,” said an email supposed to be from the “E-ZPass Service Center” to a Daily News reporter who isn't an E-ZPass customer.

“This invoice is sent repeatedly,” the notice went on. “Please service your debt in the shortest possible time.”

The commission said “many people have received a notice like the one below.” At least three were received at The Daily News.

“I can't believe that these scammers take every route out there to fool people,” turnpike spokeswoman Susan Jones said.

Turnpike officials said anyone with questions about the validity of a message from E-ZPass can contact the real E-ZPass customer service center at 877-736-6727.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.