New fake text message which could ‘trick drivers’ into changing personal details

DVLA claims it is "aware" of the latest fake message which is an "attempt to trick drivers" into handing over personal information.

The agency says the message "wrongly claims" to be sent from DVLA and has warned Brits to stop falling for the text.

It is believed the scam asks drivers to "update their direct debit details" while threatening to fine road users who fail to do so.

And the text comes with a special link where drivers can click to be able to visit the information.

It reads: "Your direct debit details are invalid, please update them at www.dvlaup.co.uk or you may be fined."

According to Express.co.uk, the message was sent from a user only identified as VehicleReg but motorists could still fall for it.

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The fake message could attempt to work on inexperienced drivers who are unaware of DVLA procedures.

Replying on Twitter, the DVLA confirmed the message was fake in an attempt to trick motorists in the UK.

It said: "The DVLA is aware of a text scam that asks drivers to verify their driving license and vehicle tax details via an online link.

"The text, which wrongly claims to have been sent from DVLA, appears to be an attempt to trick drivers into providing personal details."

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The agency added: "DVLA have not sent out an email or text asking customers to update or verify their details.

"We strongly advise anyone who receives one of these or any similar email/text, to ignore it and not to follow the instructions given."

A Twitter user said: "This text would have probably been more effective for the scammer had I even got a car to be towed away – but I don't.

"I'm buying one in September. Scams about again."

Anyone handed out information through a fake link who believe they are a victim of fraud must contact the police or Action Fraud immediately.

DVLA chief information security officer, David Pope, previously said: "All our tax refunds are generated automatically after a motorist has told us they have sold, scrapped or transferred their vehicle to someone else so we don’t ask for anyone to get in touch with us to claim their refund.

"We want to protect the public and if something seems too good to be true, then it almost certainly is.

"The only trusted source of DVLA information is GOV.UK."

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