Colorado seemingly has been prone to scams as of late.

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For one, the USPS has warned Coloradans about a scam called smishing, which involves scammers sending out false package tracking claims.

On the other hand, there’s also been an email scam that tries to fool people into believing their email account is about to be deactivated. In fact, it has been sent to people working at Townsquare Media. However, it hasn’t fooled anyone here.

There’s another email scam going around that is specifically looking to target Colorado drivers. It’s definitely worth looking out for.

Email Scam Involving Drivers Using Colorado Express Lanes is Tricking Some Coloradans


 In Colorado, the Express Lane is a popular method of getting places quicker. While it costs a fee to use, many people will gladly pay it for a smoother driving experience.

However, a recent report from CBS News Colorado has found that a new scam involving the Express Lane is affecting Coloradans.

A “bill” is sent to drivers via their email, saying the victim needs to pay a certain amount to prevent a late fee. This fee is typically said to be $50.

CBS interviewed someone who received an email, Mary Storie. She had recently paid a bill for $11.69 for a real Express Lane fee, but amazingly received an email that was for the exact same fee.

Of course, the scammer wanted her to click a link to pay the fake fine, but she smartly did not do so.

How Do I Prevent My Loved Ones From Falling for the Colorado Express Lane Scam?


It is worth letting them know about the differences in payment for the Colorado Express Lane.

When people use the Express Lane, cameras take a picture of the driver’s license plate.

Instead of the payment then going to an email address, a bill is sent to the driver’s home address that tells people how to pay the toll.

To avoid getting scammed in general, there’s a couple of steps you can take.

These include not answering emails from people you don’t know, using strong passwords to secure personal information, and not clicking on shady website links.

If you’ve encountered this scam recently, let both us and the people around you know.

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