Scammers are sending text messages pretending to be toll road operators, including Linkt. If you’ve been sent a text claiming you have an overdue toll road account or insufficient funds, it could be a scam!
The Australian Communications and Media Authority have reported an increase in these scam texts which are coming from an unknown number or have the word Linkt in the sender display that makes them seem genuine.
These are phishing scams that are trying to trick you into clicking on a link to take you to a website so you input your details so the scammers can steal your personal information or financial details.
If you are in any doubt about whether a message you have received about your toll road account is genuine, do not click on any links or rely on the information in the message. Instead, go to the Linkt website or app to log in to your account and check your recent activity.
This also applies to toll road messages from other companies – if in doubt, log in to your account or use a verified app from the company. Or call and speak directly to the company. Do not click on any links from text messages about outstanding toll accounts.
Linkt has more information about how to identify a legitimate message on the , including examples of scam messages. They also have an online form where you can report the incident.
If you are a victim of a scam, contact your financial institution and phone provider to let them know what’s happened as quickly as possible.
Scammers target everyone and send out a lot of fake texts in the hope that someone is not paying attention and will follow a link and be fooled into giving out their personal information. Sometimes the texts come through in the middle of the night and create a sense of urgency because of the "outstanding amount" or "unpaid"e-toll.
Learn more about how to protect yourself from phone scams on the ACMA and make a report to .
Reviewed 30 November 2022