The new DVLA car tax scam targeting drivers – here’s what you should do

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Don’t fall for this

A new scam which claims to offer a car tax refund is targeting motorists.

Drivers in the Midlands are receiving text messages telling them they have overpaid and are due some money back.

One message seen by Birmingham Live said: “We have recalculated your vehicle tax.

“You are owed £48.84 due to overpayment. Click the secure link http://103.208.86.96 to claim your refund.”

Other messages have slightly different wording and some include a link with http://dvla.co.uk.refund in the web address.

There is no money however.

The DVLA said in a message on Twitter: “We are aware of an email/text scam that asks drivers to verify their driving license and vehicle tax details via an online link.

“As it isn’t from DVLA, please delete it and don’t enter any of your details.”

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has also given guidance on its website for any driver who has received a potentially fraudulent message.

It states: “We don’t send emails or text messages that ask you to confirm your personal details or payment information, such as for a vehicle tax refund.

“If you get anything like this, don’t open any links and delete the email or text immediately.”

If you have become a victim of a scam, report it to ActionFraud , the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.

The new scam follows changes to some car tax payments that came into effect in April 2018.

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