DVLA issues new warning as text scam could cost UK drivers up to £1,000

DVLA has warned drivers of a new text scam which could cost drivers a fortune.

It tweeted a warning this week with scammers posing as the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency to use personal details.

The messages warn the recipient a road tax payment has failed and they could be fined up to £1,000 if they don’t share bank details.

If drivers enter their personal information, fraudsters could empty their bank account or use licence details to commit offences.

Now to make sure UK motorists are aware, Select Car Leasing has shared other scams where drivers could lose up to £5,000.

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They’re targeting people through texts

1. “Too Good to Be True” car insurance deals could cost you £785

Fraudsters sell “too good to be true” car insurance deals to drivers.

According to the Association of British Insurers, the average cost of car insurance is £485.

Victims of ghost broking could not only be paying this premium, but a £300 fine when they’re penalised for driving an uninsured car.

2. Facebook car adverts could cost you £5,100

Although Facebook Marketplace is a minefield for purchasing a used car, fraudsters are also using it to lure people in.

One unlucky victim from County Clare paid £5,179 (€6,000) for a car that was never delivered.

Professional scammers posing as private sellers pressure motorists to send a deposit, plus extra for vehicle delivery.

They then take the money and run – so buyers are left without a car and their money.



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DVLA warned people on Twitter about the scam

3. Car buying scams can leave you £2,000 out of pocket

Buying a car can be risky, but so can selling it online.

Some scammers will turn up for an in-person inspection of the vehicle being sold, and distract the seller.

The car will break down if driven, with the criminals claiming the seller had tried to sell them a faulty car.

In some reports, the victims of the scam were over £2,000 worse off, according to The Derbyshire Times.

4. Fake driving licences could cost learner drivers £600

Learners have to wait a long time until they take their driving test due to the backlog after the pandemic.

Predictably, fraudsters are capitalising on the wait and targeting young motorists who don’t want to wait to sit their test.

Scammers are selling fake licences and paper certificates online for £600 each.

However, young drivers are then left out of pocket when no licence cards are issued and fraudsters take the funds.

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