The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is warning the public of what appears to be a number of widespread scams targeting members of the public using emails, texts and telephone calls. These communications are supposedly sent from the DVLA and in some cases, include links to a lookalike DVLA online website.
The BBC’s Watchdog programme has also tweeted a link to a fake email which looked like it was from the DVLA.
The email states:
‘We would like to notify you that you have an outstanding tax refund of £239.35 from an overpayment, request or refund.
Please click here to access the secure web form.
Completed return amounts take 4 to 6 days to appear on your account.
From Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency.’
The hoaxers have even included a message at the bottom of the email asking the recipient to forward any scam emails to the DVLA.
The DVLA has confirmed that they don’t send emails or text messages with links to websites asking recipients to confirm their personal details or payment information. The DVLA strongly advise anyone who receives such a request not to open the link and delete the item.