DVLA experts have urged road users to ignore the message which was reported by several users on social media. Motorists who have fallen for the message and sent information to the potential criminals are urged to take action immediately.
“If you’ve clicked on any associated links and entered your details, please report this.”
Online crime experts Cyber Protect also confirmed the messages were fraudulent.
The experts also warned motorists they should never respond to messages which ask drivers for information such as card details.
Replying to another confused motorist, Cyber Protect said: “It’s a scam. 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.”
Fraud prevention service, Hertfordshire Beacon Fraud confirmed the DVLA will never get in touch regarding refunds.
Figures from the DVLA have revealed a 20 percent increase in scams targeted at motorists.
A total of 1,538 reports of suspected web, email, text message and social media scams compared to just 1,275 in the same period in 2018.
The DVLA has previously urged motorists to report any suspicious activity to the police through the Action Fraud service.
In a statement released last year, the DVLA confirmed motorists will not receive text messages for tax refunds.
The statement said: “It’s a scam. 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.”
It is also important to remember never to share images on social media that contain personal information, such as your driving licence and vehicle documents.
The Money Advice Service says it can be increasingly difficult to spot fake messages but claimed links with weird characters is a key sign the message could be a scam.
Published at Sat, 28 Mar 2020 15:09:00 +0000