The DVLA is warning drivers about a text scam which asks people for their card details.
The message – sent by ‘VehicleReg’ – tells people that their direct details are invalid and that they need to be updated.
“Your direct debit details are invalid, please update them at www.dvlaup.co.uk or you may be fined,” the message reads.
A motorist posted a screenshot of the message he received on Twitter, the Mirror reports.
In response, the DVLA has confirmed that it is a scam.
It said: “The DVLA is aware of a text scam that asks drivers to verify their driving license and vehicle tax details via an online link.
“The text, which wrongly claims to have been sent from DVLA, appears to be an attempt to trick drivers into providing personal details.”
Worryingly, if you fall for the scam, it could give attackers access to immensely valuable information about you.
Ray Walsh, Digital Privacy Expert at ProPrivacy, said: “Scammers understand that most people will naturally attempt to be helpful when approached by an authority, and it is this willingness to provide the information that they are being asked for that can be used to successfully trick them into being scammed.”
If you receive the text message, we would advise deleting it immediately.
Mr Walsh added: “Anybody who receives any direct communication from the DVLA must be extremely cautious.
“Always question what you receive, and contact the organisation directly to ensure that the messages or emails are genuine.”