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

New scam e-mail promises drivers are owed a refund on their car tax from the DVLA. Here's what to look out for...

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. 

VED road tax explained 

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. 

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. 

• Guide to road tax bands

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.”

Have you ever received an e-mail scam from the DVLA? Tell us in the comments below...

Recommended

Rising electricity prices to cost car brands £90m in 2022
Wind turbines
News

Rising electricity prices to cost car brands £90m in 2022

High energy prices are hurting car brands at a time when other costs are growing as a result of the switch to electric cars
28 Jun 2022
Dangerous drivers who cause death could face life in prison
Speed camera accident
News

Dangerous drivers who cause death could face life in prison

A new law makes causing death by careless driving equivalent to manslaughter, with tougher potential sentencing
27 Jun 2022
Laws for remote control driving under scrutiny
Remote controlled car
News

Laws for remote control driving under scrutiny

UK Law Commission consults on legal options as public trials of remote control driving tech loom
23 Jun 2022
Mercedes recalls ML, GL and R-Class due to braking issue
Mercedes

Mercedes recalls ML, GL and R-Class due to braking issue

Mercedes says rust could cause affect the brake booster on three older models and has issued a recall
6 Jun 2022

Most Popular

New Range Rover Sport ride review
New Range Rover Sport - front tracking
Road tests

New Range Rover Sport ride review

We get taken for a blast around Goodwood motor circuit in the new Range Rover Sport
27 Jun 2022
New electric MG Cyberster roadster to take brand back to its roots
MG roadster exclusive image - front
News

New electric MG Cyberster roadster to take brand back to its roots

The all-electric two-seat MG sports car is poised to follow the likes of the MG TF and MGB, and our exclusive images preview how it could look
23 Jun 2022
Volkswagen Taigo vs Toyota C-HR: 2022 twin test review
Volkswagen Taigo vs Toyota C-HR - header
Car group tests

Volkswagen Taigo vs Toyota C-HR: 2022 twin test review

Small coupé-SUVs go head to head, as the new Volkswagen Taigo takes on the Toyota C-HR
25 Jun 2022