DVLA fraud messages are regularly sent to motorists claiming to offer money back in exchange for personal information such as bank details. The latest message was shared on social media just days ago and claims to offer a refund once recipients follow a link.
The message says: “DVLA: After annual calculations you are owed £79.22 from overpayments. Please follow our link to claim your refund.”
Posting a screenshot of the message on Twitter, the user said: “Do be aware that in addition to the MANY other scams that are presently doing the rounds, you need to watch out for this one from the DVLA.
“The DVLA NEVER send texts. Besides which, its impossible to overpay on road tax. Stay safe, people, and also stay alert.”
Another motorist claimed he had received an identical message but noted the two numbers delivering the text were different.
The messages were also highlighted as a scam by online crime experts Cyber Protect who warned motorists should never respond to messages asking for information.
The DVLA has previously warned they will never get in contact with motorists through text messages or emails.
These are almost always fraudulent messages and road users are urged to delete them and not follow any links they are provided.
A statement said: “DVLA wouldn’t text you asking for financial details. As a general rule, you shouldn’t respond to any texts that ask for your personal or financial information.
“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.”
Other DVLA scams highlighted by road users include fake emails warning payment for vehicle tax had failed.
Another recent message said the DVLA’s headquarters in Swansea had been trying to contact them before providing another fake link.
Data from the DVLA has revealed there has been a 20 percent increase in the number of scams targeted at motorists.
Last year, there were a total of 1,538 reports of fraudulent web, emailm, text message and social media scams aimed at road users.
This was an increase of almost 300 incidents compared to just 1,275 scams sent to drivers in the same period in 2018.
Motorists who believe they have received a scam message should make this known to Action Fraud or the police for investigation.
Motorists should also inform officials if they have clicked a link and sent personal information to potential criminals.
Published at Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:55:00 +0000