DRIVE has been alerted by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) about a scam that appears to be from a government agency.
Motorists are being told that their cars are no longer taxed and that they need to pay immediately.
The DVLA took to Twitter asking people to “beware of ‘phishing’ email or text messages” motorists have received.
In the picture they attached it shows multiple screenshots saying “Your vehicle is no longer taxed”.
Messages full of grammatical errors, signaling they are not legal.
They may also include a sophisticated link in it, asking the driver to click on it to make their payment.
When clicking on a website, it may look legit but when personal details are entered, criminals can 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 information like This is purportedly from the DVLA, it’s a scam.
“Customers should report suspicious emails to the National Cyber Security Center immediately by sending an email firstname.lastname@example.org .
“Anyone concerned that they may be a victim of fraud should contact police immediately through Action Fraud.”
The DVLA provided The Sun with top tips on what to do if they believe they are being scammed and how to avoid it in the future.
The DVLA is reminding customers to be on the lookout for scams and that they should forward suspicious emails to email@example.com and the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) will investigate.
The NCSC encourages customers to forward suspicious text messages to their network provider for investigation, toll-free at 7726.
Motorists are advised that the only place to access official information about the DVLA and its services is GOV.UK.
The agency never asks for bank details via email and never sends text messages about vehicle tax refunds.
The DVLA recommends that motorists never share pictures of their driver’s license and vehicle documents online and never share banking details or personal data online.
Avoid sites that offer connection to the DVLA contact center, use only GOVERMENT.United Kingdom when looking for DVLA contact details, and immediately notify the police through Action Fraud if you think you have been the victim of a scam.
Any fraud or cybercrime can be reported to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm) or by use their online reporting tool, available 24/7.
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