DVLA scam: Which? urges drivers to ‘avoid clicking’ on new fraud message

DVLA warn motorists against using 'misleading websites'

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Consumer watchdog Which? has issued a “scam alert” message for the new text which demands immediate action. The message tells drivers the DVLA have been trying to contact them even though this was not true.

A hyperlink promoting drivers to take urgent action or register their car as off the road is also included.

However, the link includes the phrase “GOV.UK” which could trick many road users into falsely submitting details.

The message said: “DVLA Final Notice: We have been trying to contact you.

“Your vehicle tax has expired. Renew your service online via gov.uk-taxinfo.org or register SORN.”

Which? has issued an urgent “scam alert” for the new message and urged drivers to “avoid clicking” on the link.

They said: “SCAM ALERT. Watch out for this scam claiming to be from DVLA.

“Avoid clicking links in texts or emails, especially if it’s from an organisation contacting you out of the blue.”

Replying to the post, the DVLA confirmed the message was a scam.

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The agency confirmed they will not ask for personal details or demand drivers log in to an account.

They encouraged drivers to “report websites” which they believe could be a scam for further investigation.

They said: “DVLA will never ask you to reply or give personal/bank details or ask you to log into an account.

“To report websites you think may be suspicious visit GOV.UK.”

Road users took to social media to attack the latest scam message, adding the fake messages were “out of control”.

One motorist claimed she had received this message twice last year and has previously reported the message.

She said: “I reported the scam but actually I have to say it was a very convincing email and I’d imagine quite intimidating for some who are not as aware.

“Remember you can check your MOT & insurance expiry on the DVLA website by just inputting your car reg.”

Another social media user even revealed their new system for dealing with online scams.

They said: “In view of the number of scams being perpetrated on the internet, I now have a policy that any requests for money that arrive by electronic means is automatically deleted.”

Last year the DVLA warned the only place to access official information from the DVLA was from GOV.UK.

They urged drivers to never share bank details or personal data online and to avoid websites that offer to connect to DVLA’s contact center.

They have also warned drivers to never share images of their driving licence and vehicle documents online.

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