How vehicle tax scams work
Beware of the cruel, heartless, vehicle tax fraudsters that try to steal your money via scam messages, The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency emphasised on social media. The modus operandi of these callous crooks is to contact you by e-mail or text. Such a message:
- Claims to be from the DVLA
- Refers to your penalty, reward or failed payment
- Demands a response
- Instructs you to follow a link to a website
- Asks for personal information and/or payment data
E-mail scam 1
Here is an example of a spam email sent to one of our employees so you can recognise the pattern, stay safe, and deny criminals the opportunity to take your money. Consider, for example, the following e-mail that is titled ‘Your latest vehicle tax payment failed - Customer Number 3016561949’. The scam message itself reads: 'Your latest vehicle tax payment failed. It appears that some of the billing details associated with you might have expired or were otherwise changed'.
The e-mail then instructs you to follow a link to a page that harvests your personal information. It further claims there are consequences if you do not comply. It says: ‘Please note: If you don’t pay your vehicle tax on time you can be fined up to £1,000’. It then threatens to pass your details to a debt collection agency.
Email scam 2
There is another scam e-mail titled ‘You are not up-to-date with your vehicle tax (Item Ref. No – D-652946224986353610612281)’. The e-mail states: ‘Our records show that you are not up-to-date with your vehicle tax. This is a reminder (V11) and a last chance warning letter from us.’ It then claims you must tax your car, motorcycle or other vehicle now to avoid ‘unpleasant consequences’.
Text message scam
Criminals also target you via text message. Rather, however, than threaten sanctions one such scam offers a reward. It says: ‘You are eligible to receive tax refund. Please confirm refund via’ The message then reveals a link to the crook’s website that asks for your personal details so a ‘so-called refund’ can be processed.
How to avoid scam messages
The DVLA further revealed how to steer clear of fraudsters. Remember, that it never sends e-mails that request personal information. It also never sends texts that relate to vehicle tax refunds. Do not enter any of your personal details and delete such messages immediately.