DRIVERS are being hit with a fresh wave of text messages from scammers claiming to be from the DVLA.
The texts claim that you’re owed a refund from your vehicle tax but really it’s a ploy from fraudsters to get you to hand over your bank details.
Twitter/Lauren O’Hagan The texts claim that you overpaid on your vehicle tax and are owed a refund
The DVLA first issued a warning over this type of scam last month, but it looks like the fraudsters are now back up to their old tricks.
The messages tell you to click on what looks like a link to the Government’s website in order for you to process the refund.
The link then takes you to a web page and asks you to fill out your personal details on a form.
The site claims it’s so that you can confirm your information but really fraudster can use the details you provide to hack into your bank account.
The text message is likely to be a phishing scam, which is sent to hundreds of numbers all at once in the hope that someone will fall for it.
It reads: DVLA: Wed have identified that you still have an outstanding vehicle tax refund from an over-payment.
“Please follow [the link] to process.”
The DVLA’s Twitter team has confirmed the scam. In a reply to potential victims, the organisation wrote: “Hi, we’re aware that some numbers of the public are receiving emails and texts claiming to be from DVLA.
“We don’t send texts or emails with links to websites asking for motorists to confirm their personal details or payment information.”
The firm also recommends that anyone who received this kind of message immediately deletes it.
How to spot a fake email or messageIF you’ve received an email or text message claiming to be from your bank or a retailer, then these are the things you should look out for:
Your bank or the retailer will always address a customer by name
They will never ask a customer for their PIN, password or full memorable information
The bank would never ask a customer to click on a link in an email or text message that takes you to a page which asks you for your username, password or any other information
They would never ask a customer to email or text them PINs, card details or passwords
Customers should not click on any links in emails if they have concerns
Customers are encouraged to call their bank if they have any concerns about an email they have received
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