DRIVERS have been warned about scam scams that promise to remove penalty points from their driver’s licenses.
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) says driver have been targeted by scammers through texts and emails with the promise of restoring a clean driver’s license.
Phishing scams are where crooks try to steal your details by pretending to be a legitimate company or government agency.
NS DVLA took to Twitter to warn drivers to “beware of ‘scam’ email or text messages”.
The auto regulator reminds motorists that it will “never ask” consumers to respond to emails or text messages, provide personal or banking information, or ask to log into an account. .
Recent years have seen an increase in scammers impersonating government organizations to trick users into handing over their personal data.
In 2019, the DVLA reported a 20% increase in scams be reported via web, email, text or social media.
The agency also warned that scammers have used “too good to be true” tricks like tax refunds to encourage passersby to click links to services that don’t exist.
What do DVLA scams look like?
A fraud attempt could be through an email, text message, phone call, or letter.
There’s also the risk of people falling for ads that copy websites when googling car taxes, the AA warns.
There have been a bunch of these during the lockdown.
Royal Mail earlier this year warned that millions were at risk fake parcel scam.
The latest scams targeting motorists appear to be official tax reminders.
However, they come from scammers looking to collect your details.
Some will take you to a website that charges for a really free service.
Tony Rich, a spokesman for AA, said: “Some scams can be quite sophisticated and difficult to detect.
“For example, if you receive a vehicle tax reminder from the DVLA, make sure you respond online on the official government website. www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax rather than some bogus website that pops up when you search and then applies a commission for doing absolutely nothing.
“If in doubt, do not join or follow the link.”
How to avoid being scammed
The DVLA has provided real-life examples of scams to help motorists identify when they are being targeted by scammers.
Some examples shared include services that promise to remove penalty points from driver’s licenses — a fake offer.
Other examples show the intimidation tactic, in which motorists are told that they have to pay auto tax or that a vehicle is no longer taxed.
Tax refund ads are also used to get drivers to reveal personal information.
Speaking in 2020, DVLA Chief Information Security Officer David Pope explained that all tax refunds from the organization are automatically generated “after a motorist tells us they sold , remove or transfer their vehicle to someone else”.
This means that the organization will not ask anyone to contact them to request a refund.
“We want to protect the public, and if something seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is,” Pope said. “The only reliable source of DVLA information is Gov.uk. ”
How to report a scam
If you receive an email that looks suspicious, you can forward it to this email address: email@example.com.
This goes straight to the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), which will investigate.
Potentially spam text messages may be forwarded to 7726.
This is a free service and this will alert your mobile phone provider.
If you are contacted via website, email or phone number claiming to be a Government organization, you can search Gov.uk to find official government services and their phone numbers.
When contacted, do not provide any personal or financial information such as bank details or credit card details.
If you receive any suspicious emails and messages, do not click on any links or download attachments.
If in doubt, hang up the phone and look online for the official contact number of the organization trying to reach you.
If you click on a link that you think may be fake or you think you are the victim of an online scam, you can contact Action Fraud.
For England and Wales you can online report or call 0300 123 2040.
If you are in Scotland and you lose money to scams or fraud online, report crime to Scotland police.
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