DVLA says it “is aware” of the latest fraudulent message which it said was “an attempt to trick drivers” into handing over details. The DVLA says t
DVLA says it “is aware” of the latest fraudulent message which it said was “an attempt to trick drivers” into handing over details. The DVLA says the message “wrongly claims” to be sent from the agency and has warned road users to stop them falling for the message.
Replying to the user on Twitter, the DVLA confirmed the message was false in an attempt to trick motorists.
The DVLA said: “The DVLA is aware of a text scam that asks drivers to verify their driving license and vehicle tax details via an online link.
“The text, which wrongly claims to have been sent from DVLA, appears to be an attempt to trick drivers into providing personal details.”
The agency later added: “DVLA have not sent out an email or text asking customers to update or verify their details.
“We strongly advise anyone who receives one of these or any similar email/text, to ignore it and not to follow the instructions given.”
The false nature of the message was revealed hours later when another social media user also reported receiving an identical message.
The DVLA has always had a battle with online scams with thousands of reports made to the agency each year.
Data has revealed that there was a 20 percent increase in scams reported to the DVLA in 2019 with over 1,500 reports made in the last three months alone.
Anyone who has handed out information through one of these links and now believes they have been a victim of fraud should contact the police and Action Fraud immediately.
Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for cybercrime, will help investigate the case further.
DVLA chief information security officer, David Pope, has previously 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.”