DVLA issues new warnings to drivers about fraudulent mails about car tax.
The DVLA has issued new warnings about scam mails involving unpaid vehicle taxes.
People on social media have been complaining about false notifications claiming that the user has cancelled or not paid their vehicle’s tax. These messages have been seen to arrive via text or email, but they can also arrive via phone calls or on deceptive websites.
This comes at a time when the DVLA is severely overburdened due to a work backlog.
There are an estimated 1.4 million applications for driver’s licenses that must be handled.
Some of these applications have taken up to six months for the government agency to process.
Scammers are thought to be seeking to take advantage of the situation and benefit from people’s displeasure with the DVLA.
On the Government website, the DVLA offers a section dedicated to reporting internet scams and phishing.
Links to other websites, as well as account and vehicle transaction numbers, are frequently included in the messages.
Users are advised not to trust any messages they may get from the government, according to the official government website.
“If you’re not convinced they’re legitimate, don’t give out confidential information (including bank account numbers or passwords), reply to text messages, download files, or click on any links in emails,” it warns.
They also inform drivers that they can forward any questionable emails or text messages to the National Cyber Security Centre.
The untargeted communications can be delivered to anyone at any time, and a message was even sent to Good Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh.
She appealed for assistance in a tweet after receiving an email claiming that her vehicle tax payment had failed.
She included three photos: two of the bogus email and one of the webpage linked in the email.
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Martin Lewis, a money saving expert, reassured her by saying it was a fake.
In answer, he merely stated, “It’s a ruse.”
Users on social media have started giving advice on how to prevent the scams.
“The clue is in the domain/URL,” one person said.
“Always double-check the sender’s domain or email address.
“Always finish with dot gov. If not, make something up.”
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