While many previous DVLA scams told drivers they needed to purchase car tax which had expired, this email took a different approach. Consumer watch
While many previous DVLA scams told drivers they needed to purchase car tax which had expired, this email took a different approach. Consumer watchdog Which? has issued a warning to drivers on social media about the “sophisticated” scam, which could leave thousands caught out by making a simple mistake.
“It is, however, good practice to regularly clear your browsing data, keep your browser up-to-date, ensure you’ve got a good antivirus software and have good password hygiene.
“Scammers are becoming increasingly conniving, so trust your spam filters and take pause to think if you’re being asked to input payment details after following a URL.
“It can’t be ruled out that this case in particular could have been a coincidence – it’s not uncommon for scammers to chance their arm with multiple emails at different times.”
Just days ago the DVLA issued their own message on Twitter warning drivers there were a “few scams going round at the moment”.
The DVLA has recently revealed that there has been a 20 percent increase in the number of scams reported to the DVLA.
A total of 1,538 repairs were made to the agency during the last three months of 2019 as figures roise from 1,275 in the same period in 2018.
They warned scammers usually contacted motorists with links to fake services or encouraged them to hand over details to claim false tax refunds.
DVLA chief information security officer, David Pope, warned drivers not to fall for something that seemed “too good to be true”.
He said: “All our tax refunds are generated automatically after a motorist has told us they have sold, scrapped or transferred their vehicle to someone else so we don’t ask for anyone to get in touch with us to claim their refund.
“We want to protect the public and if something seems too good to be true, then it almost certainly is. The only trusted source of DVLA information is GOV.UK