CLAS­SICS HIT BY FRAUD­STERS POS­ING AS DVLA

FBHVC calls for ac­tion to take on the crim­i­nals tar­get­ing clas­sic driv­ers’ bank de­tails – we show you how to pro­tect your money

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - FRONT PAGE - Mur­ray Scul­lion https://tinyurl.com/DVLAwarn­ing

Scam­mers pos­ing as the DVLA in an at­tempt to grab your bank de­tails are in­creas­ingly tar­get­ing clas­sic car own­ers with fake emails and text mes­sages, it has emerged. The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs says it will dis­cuss with the DVLA how to pre­vent own­ers from be­ing af­fected by the mes­sages, pur­port­edly from the ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion agency. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Geoff Lan­caster says: ‘It makes sense that clas­sic own­ers are most at risk. This scam is in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated and some­thing needs to be done about it. ‘ We’ll be in talks with the DVLA about the next steps. In the mean­time, peo­ple need to lis­ten to the ad­vice from the DVLA, and be ex­tra vig­i­lant on­line.’

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs says it will be speak­ing to the Driver Ve­hi­cle Li­cens­ing Agency about how to tackle a rash of scam mes­sages be­ing sent to clas­sic car own­ers.

Both the ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion agency and the FBHVC are con­cerned that own­ers may be caught out by emails and text mes­sages sent by fraud­sters pos­ing as the DVLA, which have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly over the past six months.

The scam­mers at­tempt to steal bank ac­count de­tails, ei­ther by claim­ing that a ve­hi­cle owner needs to get in touch or that they are due a tax re­fund.

It is widely be­lieved that cy­ber­hack­ers are aim­ing at clas­sic car own­ers be­cause of their av­er­age age and ex­pend­able in­come. Scams such as th­ese are aimed at own­ers who reg­u­larly swap ve­hi­cles, or who own clas­sics recently switched to tax-free sta­tus.

FBHVC com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Geoff Lan­caster says: ‘It makes sense that clas­sic own­ers are most at risk. This scam is so­phis­ti­cated and some­thing needs to be done.

‘ We’ll be in talks with the DVLA about the next steps. In the mean­time, peo­ple need to lis­ten to the ad­vice from the DVLA, and be ex­tra vig­i­lant on­line.’

The agency first is­sued warn­ings to peo­ple last June, but car own­ers to whom CCW has spo­ken say they are still be­ing sent texts and emails from would-be fraud­sters.

The scam has spread na­tion­wide, hit­ting peo­ple in Lon­don, Belfast, Chel­tenham, Lu­ton, and Ox­ford. Celebri­ties haven’t been left out ei­ther – Grand Tour TV star James May has re­ceived a fake mes­sage in the form of a text mes­sage. The DVLA says it is aware that some mem­bers of the pub­lic are re­ceiv­ing mes­sages pur­port­ing to be from Swansea’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and stresses any­one who does should delete them and not click any links within them.

The agency says: ‘Our warn­ing to any­one would be that we don’t send texts or emails about ve­hi­cle tax re­funds or ask­ing for mo­torists to con­firm their per­sonal de­tails or pay­ment in­for­ma­tion.

‘Re­gard­ing ve­hi­cle tax re­funds, we au­to­mat­i­cally is­sue a re­fund for any full months of tax left on the ve­hi­cle when we are no­ti­fied it has been sold, de­clared off the road (SORN), ex­ported or scrapped.’

‘The DVLA is­sued warn­ings last June but own­ers are still get­ting scam texts’

Fraud­sters pos­ing as the DVLA view clas­sic own­ers as par­tic­u­larly ripe for on­line scams.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.