The DVLA has issued an urgent warning to all drivers in the UK after a series of scams pretending to be from the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency targeted car owners. The scam urges victims to provide their personal details so criminals can commit fraud.
The scam, posing as a member of the DVLA, tells recipients that their car ‘s road tax payment by them has failed. It then warns them that unless they update their bank details immediately, they could be fined £1,000.
Once drivers have entered their personal information, the scammers get to work on stealing funds from their bank account, or use the licence details to commit crimes in the victim’s name.
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The DVLA posted to Twitter: “Use http://GOV.UK for DVLA services or scammers may sneakily steal your personal details to commit fraud. Find out how these #scams work and how to avoid or report them: https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing .”
The scam reads: “Your bank has declined twice the latest Direct Debit payment. If you will not update your information, your vehicle is no longer taxed. Note: Our system will automatically retry the billing process once your billing details have been updated.
“It can take up to 5 working days to for the records to update. In order to continue to the payment page please use the following link. ATTENTION: If you don’t pay your vehicle tax on time you can be fined up to 1000 GBP.”
Select Car Leasing compiled a list of popular scams circulating that could lead to drivers losing up to £5,000, including car adverts on Facebook, online car buying scams, and fake drivers licences.
One of these scams is a ‘too good to be true’ car insurance deal, which are known as ‘ghost broker’ scammers. These scammers offer car insurance deals to drivers that are completely worthless. Victims of ghost broking can end up being hit with a £300 fine when they are penalised for driving an uninsured car.
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