DVLA phishing scam targets drivers

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Drivers are being targeted for their bank details by an email purporting to be from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). 

An email claiming to be from the DVLA warns the recipient that they had to update their details and that failure to do so within two weeks of the email would lead to a retest. 

After opening a link in the email, the targeted driver is asked to fill in personal details and then bank details. 

One targeted driver is a DIA member who said: “Because I had just renewed my ADI number, I thought I would have a look at the email. Once my suspicions were raised I contacted the DVLA which said it was aware of the scam and to delete the email.”

Marketing and social media manager at the DIA Amy Turner commented: “The use of the internet to hack into people’s bank details is a common problem known as phishing. Always be aware of what is being sent to you and remember that the likes of the DVLA would never ask for personal details.

“Other ways of preventing this scam is to check the from address and if you don’t recognise the domain, don’t open it and delete immediately.”

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