Drivers are being warned about a new DVLA car tax scam which criminals are using to obtain sensitive information or banking details from unsuspecting motorists.
DVLA car tax scams are not uncommon and there are plenty of nuances and variations to the scam, but they mostly fall under two umbrella categories.
The two themes they usually fall under are a refund due than overpayment or the need for an imminent payment due to an underpayment.
Criminals can often use threatening language to try and coax the drive into revealing their bank details and personal information.
Drivers are usually targeted by these scams either via text message or over email.
Text message scams are growing in popularity and are perhaps the most common method criminals are using to target drivers.
One recent example of a car tax scam was related to an outstanding refund from an overpayment. One motorist shared a screenshot of the message on Twitter.
It reads: “DVLA: We have identified that you still have an outstanding vehicle ax refund from an overpayment. Please follow at https://refundform-govuk.com/ to process.
Another recent example use somewhat more urgent language to try and get the driver’s attention.
It reads: “FINAL NOTICE: The DVLA have been trying to reach you, Click below for further details. http://tax-disc.dvla.gov.uk.todd56.tw/final.html”
It said: “We’re aware that some members of the public are receiving emails, texts and telephone calls claiming to be from DVLA.
“Links to a website mocked up to look like a DVLA online service are sometimes included in the message.
“We don’t send emails or text messages with links to websites asking you to confirm your personal details or payment information.
“We strongly advise anyone who receives such a request not to open the link and delete the item.”
It also offers some advice on how a motorist can guarantee their safety when they need to deal with the DVLA.
“By using the online driving licence or vehicle tax transactions on GOV.UK you can be sure that you are dealing directly with DVLA,” the message reads.
Published at Fri, 15 Mar 2019 07:01:00 +0000