Greater Manchester Police has issued a critical warning on social media regarding the email which tells drivers their vehicle “is no longer taxed”. Officers from GMP Sale revealed they had received 214 reports of drivers receiving the email over the weekend in a major concern.
“You also have to pay for the time it was not taxed.”
Responding to the message, GMP Sale warned the message was “suspicious” and urged drivers to report the email if they receive it.
GMP Sale posted on social media: “Watch out for these fake DVLA emails, we have received over 214 reports in just two days!
“If you get sent a suspicious email, you can report it by forwarding the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The DVLA has been battling a range of vehicle tax refund scams over the past few weeks as fraudsters targeted vulnerable road users.
There have been a range of emails sent to road users with similar messages phrases differently in an attempt to catch people out.
Some of these messages have tried to fool drivers by including the DVLA logo in their messages.
Fake reference numbers and links have also been used bu fraudsters in an attempt to trick road users into sending over their personal details.
The DVLA revealed earlier this year that there had been a 20 percent increase in scams reported to the agency over the last three months of 2019.
A spokesperson for Action Fraud has previously said: “Taking a couple of minutes to familiarise yourself with a few simple online safety tips can be significant in protecting yourself from becoming a victim of online fraud.
“You should always be cautious when sharing personal information online and avoid being scammed by only using GOV.UK for government services online, such as the DVLA.”