An increase in scam attempts by people purporting to be from the DVLA has led to warnings about giving personal details away without checking.
The licensing agency warned in June 2016 that emails, texts and telephone calls claiming to be from them were being received by the public.
But there has recently been another upsurge, with motorists receiving messages stating that they were due a vehicle tax refund.
As someone who is currently due a vehicle tax refund, it is easy to imagine absently mindedly providing details that leave you exposed to fraudulent activity.
But just like those clickbait adverts, one weird trick can stop you being duped – don’t respond.
“This is a recent variation on a well-established type of fraud across the country in which the criminals phone or text using a variety of ruses to try to make you supply bank details or withdraw cash,” says a Sussex police spokeswoman.
“Genuine organisations, including the DVLA, will never approach you in this way. Never give personal information to unexpected callers.”
This particular refund scam arose after the car tax system was overhauled a few years ago.
Remaining road tax is no longer transferred when a vehicle is sold to a new owner and instead the seller receives a refund on it.
Meanwhile the buyer has to re-tax the car.
However, the refund you receive is calculated from the start of the following month, whereas the buyer must tax the vehicle anew and this is calculated from the beginning of the current month.
This means that two lots of tax is collected for the month when the vehicle transfers ownership, which has obviously annoyed some motorists and doesn’t seem a million miles away from the type of scam we’re all currently being warned about…
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