New DVLA overpayment text message sent to road users ‘is a scam’ and should be reported

New DVLA overpayment text message sent to road users ‘is a scam’ and should be reported

The DVLA came to learn of the fraudulent message after a screenshot was uploaded by a concerned road user. The message claims that drivers were owed hundreds of pounds in compensation payments which they could claim through a simple link.

The identical email even included the same value of overpayment and link highlighting that this was a chain message sent around to various addresses.

The message is not the only scam sent out under the DVLA badge this year with dozens for road users suffering similar issues.

Drivers have been asked to update their account information or falsely told they are due a vehicle tax refund.

Almost all the messages sent to motorists contain a link where they are asked to give away personal details.

A total of 1,538 resorts were made over the last three months of 2019 compared to just 1,275 during the same period a year before.

The National Cyber Security Centre says that spotting scam messages have become increasingly difficult.

A spokesperson for Action Fraud has previously said that taking some simple measures can help prevent drivers from becoming the victim of crime.

A spokesperson said: “We know that fraudsters are increasingly using more sophisticated ways to trick their victims, and so it is important that members of the public think about their online behaviour and ensure that they do everything they can to protect themselves.

“Taking measures such as limiting the amount of personal information shared on social media platforms and being cautious of any unsolicited messages received can help to prevent online crime.

“You should always be cautious when sharing personal information online.

“Always check that who you [are] dealing with really is who they claim to be – for example, by only using GOV.UK when accessing government services online, such as the DVLA.”

Published at Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:43:47 +0000