DRIVERS have been warned about phishing scams promising to wipe penalty points from their driving license.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) says motorists have been targeted by scammers through texts and emails with promises to restore a clean driving license.


Scammers are trying to trick road users with fake DVLA texts and emails.Credit: Alamy

Phishing scams are where crooks try and steal your details by pretending to be a legitimate company or government body. 

The DVLA took to Twitter to warn drivers to “watch out for ‘phishing’ text or email messages”. 

The motoring body reminded motorists that it would “never ask” consumers to reply to emails or text messages, to give personal or bank details, or ask to log into an account. 

Recent years have seen a rise in scammers impersonating the government organisation to trick users into handing over their personal data. 

In 2019, the DVLA reported a 20% increase in scams reported via web, email, text or social media. 

The agency also warned that scammers used “too good to be true” rouses such as tax refunds to encourage road users to click links to services that do not exist. 

What do DVLA scams look like? 

A fraud attempt could be via email, text message, phone call or letter. 

There also is a risk of people falling for copycat websites ads when googling vehicle tax, warns the AA. 

There has been a spate of these during lockdown.

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