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Car tax scam warning over fake DVLA text message with ‘phishing’ link

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DRIVERS are being warned not to click the link on a fake DVLA text message.

The car tax scam was reported on Twitter with several users posting images of the dodgy text.

The threatening message reads: “FINAL REQUEST: DVLA Swansea have been trying to contact you, Click below for more information.”

The link then uses the “” domain in the web address – but eagle-eyed drivers will also notice the “.pw” extension.

This is the country code for Palau which gives away the fact the text is a “phishing” scam – and not from the DVLA’s Swansea HQ.

Phishing scams use mock official-looking website that ask you to enter data like bank details and addresses before stealing it.

 The tax disc was abolished in 2014 but fake text mentions it
The tax disc was abolished in 2014 but fake text mentions it

The “final request” and mention of “car tax disc” in the web address hints that users may owe money on their car – despite the tax disc being abolished in 2014.

But the DVLA confirmed it does not send text messages with links asking for personal details or payments.

It has responded to the latest scam message to say it was investigating.

The DVLA said: “We are aware of a text/email scam, which wrongly claims to have been sent by DVLA, asking drivers to verify their driving license and vehicle tax details via an online link and are currently investigating. Please delete it without clicking on any links. Thanks”

It’s not the first time Brits have been targeted with fake DVLA messages.

We previously reported on the email that had an official logo and promised drivers a £240 tax refund.

The DVLA said: “We strongly advise anyone who receives such a request not to open the link and delete the item.”

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