The Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) has warned the public of scam emails asking people to provide their driving licence and credit card details.
The DVLA says:
"We’re aware that some members of the public have received emails claiming to be from DVLA which link to a website mocked up to look like a DVLA online service.
"The website asks for your driving licence number and payment information, threatening that you’ll lose your driving licence if you don’t verify your details.
"We don’t send emails with links to websites asking you to confirm your driving licence number or payment information. We strongly advise anyone who receives one of these or any similar email not to open the link and to delete the email."
The government, led by Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service (GDS), will continue to investigate reports of organisations which may be actively misleading users about their services or acting illegally, taking swift action when necessary. By using the online driving licence or vehicle tax transactions on GOV.UK you can be sure that you are dealing directly with DVLA.
You can find the online driving licence and vehicle tax services in the driving licence and vehicle tax sections of GOV.UK.
"The message is simply that anyone wishing to access the DVLA website and its online services, must do so via the Government's own website, www.gov.uk/browse/driving," adds Simon Smith, Westover Group IT Operations Director. "You now need to provide licence details to hire or test drive a car, so it's timely advice. As with all internet-based activity, we need to be cautious of fraudsters but accessing the gov.uk website directly means you will find the information you need safely and quickly."