Motoring scam warning: Five ways fraudsters are stealing thousands from unwitting drivers | #socialmedia


Fraud accounts for 39 per cent of all recorded crime in the UK, and recent years have seen a boom in ‘spoofing’, where scammers pose as government bodies to steal your cash. Have you fallen for one of these scams?

Drivers are being warned about various scams that could cos them thousands

Scammers have been posing as major government bodies in order to de-fraud individuals out of thousands of their own hard-earned cash, car bosses warn.

In 2021 alone, Money.co.uk estimates £2.4bn was stolen from Brits via fraud, which nearly tripled in a year.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have taken to social media to warn motorists off replying to an urgent request for payment from a mobile number posing as the licensing authority. They have also warned against posting private vehicle information on social media channels.

They tweeted a warning this week about scammers posing as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to use personal details, a scam known as “spoofing”. The messages warn the recipient a road tax payment has failed and they could be fined up to £1,000 if they don’t share bank details.

In another tweet, they also said: “Stay safe online – don’t share photos of your V5C log book on social media or selling sites, as scammers can use them for identity theft.”

You should never respond to a text requesting a payment that you were not expecting or click on a link sent from a mobile number or email address you do not recognise.

I think I’ve been scammed, what should I do?

If you are worried that you, or a friend, have fallen for one of these schemes, it is important to inform the authorities so that perpetrator can be stopped or your money returned.

Do not engage with the potential scammer any further, immediately call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or visit their website.

If you have received these texts and not responded, you can still refer the fraudulent message to the police by forwarding it, for free, to 7726. This is the number for the National Cyber Security Centre who keep track of scammers who target British citizens

If drivers enter their personal information, fraudsters could empty their bank account or use licence details to commit offences.

To make sure motorists are aware, Select Car Leasing has shared other scams where drivers could lose up to £5,000.

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‘Too Good to Be True’ Car Insurance Deals Could Cost You £785

Fraudsters often pretend to be car insurance providers and will often sell ‘too good to be true’ deals to drivers, unaware that they are buying a policy that is completely worthless.

According to the Association of British Insurers, the average cost of car insurance is £485. Victims of ghost broking could not only be paying this premium, but also a £300 fine when they are penalised for driving an uninsured vehicle.

Facebook Car Adverts Could Cost You £5.1k

Although Facebook Marketplace is a minefield for purchasing a used car, fraudsters are also using the platform to advertise vehicles at bargain prices to lure in potential buyers with one unlucky victim is said to have paid paid £5,179 for a car that was never delivered.

Professional scammers posing as private sellers pressure motorists to send a deposit, plus extra for vehicle delivery and then take the money and run – so buyers are left without a car and their money.

Scammers have also been known to use Facebook to sell stolen, written-off or finances cars knowing that there is minimal legal protection once an owner has handed over their cash.

Car Buying Scams Can Leave You £2,000 Out of Pocket

Not only can buying a car be risky, so too can selling it online.

Some scammers will turn up for an in-person inspection of the vehicle being sold and distract the seller while an accomplice adds engine oil to the water reservoir. The car will of course break down if driven, with the criminals claiming the seller has tried to sell them a faulty car – they’ll use this as leverage for a significantly lower asking price.

The scammers will then empty the engine oil out of the reservoir and sell the car on to another completely unknowing buyer.

Fake Driving Licenses Could Cost Learner Drivers £600

Learner drivers have to suffer long waits to take their driving test thanks to the covid backlog – and when there is an opportunity, a scammer won’t wait around.

As a result, scammers are selling fake licences and paper certificates online for £600 each stating they have inside access to driving test centres and can pass learner drivers without having to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

However, young drivers are then left out of pocket when no licence cards are issued and fraudsters take the funds.

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