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DVLA scam email: warnings over phishing e-mail sent out by fraudsters

Auto Express logo Auto Express 13/06/2017 Martin Saarinen
DVLA Scam e-mail warning © Auto Express DVLA Scam e-mail warning

Motorists have been sent fake e-mails from scammers pretending to be the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency.

According to BBC Watchdog, drivers have received an e-mail which appears to be from the DVLA and asks them to follow a link to fill out their personal information. 

The scam e-mail tells owners they have an “outstanding vehicle tax refund of £239.35 from an overpayment request” and are due a refund which can be accessed by following a link. The e-mail carries the official DVLA logos and even features a link to report spam and phishing e-mails. 

Related: How to avoid scam apps (Wochit Tech)

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This isn’t the first time fraudsters have targeted drivers by pretending to be the DVLA. The last two years have seen both text and e-mail scams reported to the police. Previous e-mail scams have also targeted drivers by stating they've overpaid for their vehicle tax and are due a refund but the latest is one of the most convincing yet. 

However, the DVLA has said it will never send links to third party websites. In a statement issued last year following another scam e-mail, the agency advised drivers: “We don’t send e-mails or text messages with links to websites asking you to confirm your personal details or payment information. We strongly advise anyone who receives such a request not to open the link and delete the item.”

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