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Scam Alert

Alert message sent 07/04/2021 09:58:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary


Hello resident,
                       please see the below information supplied by Halton Trading Standards relating to current scams.
Scam DVLA Car Tax Payment Request
Halton Trading Standards wants to warn consumers of a scam DVLA email currently in circulation. This phishing email advises the recipient their vehicle is no longer taxed and requests them to click on a 'pay your tax now' link.  This is an attempt to extract the consumer’s personal information, bank details and passwords.  As per our normal advice we would strongly advise that you do not click on the links within the email and instead contact the sending organisation to verify the content via known telephone or email addresses.  
This particular email looks official as they have placed the DVSA logo at the top of the email
Fortunately, the scammers have gotten confused between the two different Government departments, the DVSA and the DVLA, incorrectly using the DVSA logo whilst referring to the DVLA in the text. The DVSA is responsible for driving tests and MOT's, whilst the DVLA is responsible for collecting vehicle excise duty. 
Apart from the usual grammatical and spelling mistakes, on this occasion the name of the recipient was incorrect.  Also a closer look at the link in the email confirms it isn't a genuine DVLA website, which should end in the domain identifier .gov.uk.  You can check this yourself by simply hovering over a link with your mouse - but remember not to click on it!

The email above is one version of many different scam emails in circulation.  Some may claim to be Amazon advising you of a late delivery, or the need to update your account information,.  Whilst others may claim to be from a utility company or your bank, one thing is certain they all want your money.  Therefore, try and be extra vigil when opening and responding to emails and don't get caught out, after all it only takes a quick telephone call to the organisation to verify the content of the email.

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of Halton Trading Standards specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133



 
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Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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