Drivers warned about fake DVLA scams

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is warning drivers to be on the look-out for scam emails and texts.

Scammers have been targeting motorists by impersonating the DVLA and attempting to gather personal and financial details from them. The DVLA has also issued warnings over third-party websites which charge high fees for processing DVLA applications.

The consumer group,  ‘Which?’ has joined the DVLA in trying to raise awareness of these scams.

It said: “These dodgy services can be tricky to avoid, often appearing high up in search results on Google and Bing. In the past 12 months, the DVLA has reported that it has also received over 800 reports of unofficial ‘rip-off’ services offering driving licence renewal  to over-70s, which can in fact be done for free on the DVLA’s official website.”

Which? has advised drivers on how to avoid scams by reminding them that the DVLA never asks for a reply to emails or text messages, or ask for payment details or to log in to your account.