DVLA Warns Of New Wave Of Scams

Mon 15th Nov 2021

British motorists are being asked to be extra-vigilant following a new wave of phishing scams aimed at stealing personal data to commit fraud.

The latest round of texts and emails are said to be the most sophisticated yet, with car owners being targeted with the prospect of gaining a clean driving licence by unwittingly clicking on a link and adding their personal details. The problem has got so serious and widespread that the DVLA have taken to social media to warn of the problem.

“Some scams can be quite sophisticated and difficult to detect,” said Tony Rich from the AA who have previously warned about copycat websites which pop up when people Google vehicle tax. 

“For example, if you get a vehicle tax reminder from the DVLA ensure that you respond online to the official government site www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax rather than some of the bogus sites that come up when you search and then apply a commission for doing absolutely nothing. 

“If in doubt, don’t engage or follow the link.”

The typical phishing attempt would see drivers told that they must pay their car tax via a link on an email, but the new wave appears to offer incentives to drivers such as removing penalty points or offering tax refunds.

It’s not the first time that the DVLA have been targeted by fraudsters, last year the organisation’s chief security officer, David Pope, spoke out and said that any tax refunds would be generated automatically after a vehicle was sold, scrapped or transferred.

“We want to protect the public and if something seems too good to be true, then it almost certainly is,” Pope said. “The only trusted source of DVLA information is Gov.uk.”

The Gov.uk website explains how to report suspicious emails and text messages and how to contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 if you think you are a victim of an online scam.