Motorists have been targetted with email scams purporting to come from the DVLA in Swansea.
In some cases quoting a 16-digit reference number, telling drivers they’re due a refund for some of the payment made when they taxed their vehicle. They’re then asked to verify their bank details via an online link.
The email, which wrongly claims to have been sent from DVLA, appears to be an attempt to trick drivers into providing bank details. DVLA has not sent out an email asking customers to provide this information and does not ask customers to provide bank details via email.
“We’re aware that some members of the public have received these emails and we strongly advise anyone who receives one of these or any similar email, to ignore it and not to follow the instructions given,” said a DVLA spokesman.
This follows another email which said the drivers had to check licence details or loose entitlement to drive and this also required financial and other details. Both are bogus emails.
The government, led by Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service (GDS), will continue to investigate reports of organisations which may be actively misleading users about their services or acting illegally, taking swift action when necessary, added the spokesman.
You can find the online driving licence and vehicle tax services in the driving licence and vehicle tax sections of GOV.UK. Find out how to report internet scams and phishing and use the official Gov.uk website for DVLA matters: