DVLA experts are urging motorists to check they are always using the official GOV.UK page after several scam sites have appeared charging for free service. These scam sites are charging motorists up to £40 to declare their vehicle as off the road in a major blow to many drivers.
The fake websites ask for similar information while using the government free service which may leave many confused.
The website does not provide any information on what could happen to their personal details once this is submitted.
One of the websites claimed they collected information such as a driver’s email address, postcode and passport number.
The pages have been seen charging £30 for a standard service with a premium £40 option available for fast track queries.
Road users will not be able to use their vehicle under any circumstances except to attend a pre-booked garage appointment.
However, the policy could help cash-strapped families who may have more than one car while under lockdown.
Fake websites have previously mimicked the DVLA site to charge more for services such as changing their driving licence photo.
Many scam sites have issued an extra £35 charge on over 70 driving licence renewals or added extra cost for those applying for a dresser provisional driving licence.
Some websites have added up to £65 to replace a stolen photo card instead of the standard £20 charge.
A DVLA spokesperson said the agency were aware of online platforms which offered free services at indeed charges.
They warned road users how sites often try and cover themselves by using the old green triangle DVLA logo or referring to DVLA in the URL of the site.
Experts urge motorists to report any issues to the police or Action Fraud who will investigate the potential scam.
A spokesperson added: “We’re aware of misleading third party websites charging for services that you can get for free or at a lower cost on GOV.UK.
“These sites may offer to help apply for a driving licence, tax or SORN a vehicle or connect people to our contact centre.
“We urge motorists to always double check that they are using GOV.UK – anyone with concerns about suspicious activity should be reported to the police via Action Fraud immediately.”
Alongside these, some scammers have sent random links to motorists which sends them to a site looking similar to the real DVLA page.
These have asked motorists for information to receive a refund on overpaid tax but the links have been confirmed as fakes.
This is because the DVLA never sends text messages asking for personal information from motorists.
Published at Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:34:00 +0000