Email scams are nothing new. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry knows to be on the lookout for dodgy emails – but now they’re even harder to detect than ever before.
One email which seems to be doing the rounds at the minute comes from the DVLA, or at least that’s who they’re pretending to be.
The email being sent to car owners informs them that they’re owed a £240 tax refund and all they need to do is click on a link and fill in their details, according to CarBuyer.
Nothing new thus far, but what makes this email particularly scary is the official DVLA branding, the link to report spam, and the meticulous timing of the email.
Back in April, tax bands for new cars were changed and if you’ve sold your car you should be hearing about getting a refund now – leading many to believe the email is legitimate.
However the DVLA have insisted they will never send links to third party websites, nor will they ask you to confirm personal details or payment information.
— BBC Watchdog (@BBCWatchdog) June 2, 2017
Speaking about the email, the DVLA said:
We strongly advise anyone who receives such a request not to open the link and delete the item.
If you happened to already click the link then it is advised to run an anti-virus software and change your passwords immediately.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.