DRIVERS have been warned by the Driver and Vehicle Licence Agency (DVLA) of a scam appearing to be from the government agency. Motorists are be
DRIVERS have been warned by the Driver and Vehicle Licence Agency (DVLA) of a scam appearing to be from the government agency.
Motorists are being told that their cars are no longer taxed and that they need to pay up immediately.
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The DVLA took to Twitter telling people to “watch out for ‘phishing’ text or email messages” motorists have been receiving.
In the picture they enclosed, it shows various screenshots of messages saying “Your vehicle is no longer taxed”.
The messages are full of grammatical errors, signalling they are not legitimate.
They can also include a dodgy link in them, asking drivers to click on it to make their payment.
When clicking on the website, it may look legitimate but once personal details are entered, criminals can then use those details to potentially scam you out of large sums of money.
Speaking to The Sun, a DVLA spokesperson said: “We never ask customers for bank or credit card details by text message or email, so if you receive something like this purporting to be from DVLA, it’s a scam.
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“Customers should report suspicious emails to the National Cyber Security Centre immediately by emailing [email protected] .
“Anyone concerned they may have been a victim of fraud should contact the police through Action Fraud straight away.”
DVLA have given The Sun its top tips on what to do if they believe they’re being scammed and how to avoid it in the future.
The DVLA is reminding customers to be alert to scams and they should forward suspicious emails to [email protected] and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will investigate.
The NCSC encourages customers to forward suspicious text messages to their network provider to investigate, on 7726 free of charge.
Drivers are advised the only place to access official information on DVLA and its services is GOV.UK.
The agency never asks for bank details over email and never sends text messages about vehicle tax refunds.
The DVLA advises drivers to never share driving licence images and vehicle documents online and never share bank details or personal data online.
Avoid websites offering to connect to DVLA’s contact centre, only use GOV.UK when looking for DVLA contact details, and immediately report it to the police through Action Fraud if you think you’ve been the victim of a scam.
Any fraud or cyber crime can be reported to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm), or by using their online reporting tool, which is available 24/7.
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