The DVLA has issued an alert to drivers who may get a message offering them money back in a new car tax text message scam.

The fake message promises motorists a refund of almost £50 if they click on a link and enter details.

However, the DVLA said it does not send texts or e-mails about refunds on vehicle excise duty and has posted an alert on Twitter telling drivers to “just delete it”.

The fake message reads: “We have recalculated your vehicle tax. You are owed £48.84 due to overpayment.”

Several users have posted on social media saying they’ve received the message but some don’t even own a car.

The link is most likely a “phishing” scam and is definitely not from the DVLA’s Swansea HQ.


The DVLA said: “We don’t send emails or text messages that ask you to confirm your personal details or payment information, such as for a vehicle tax refund.

“If you get anything like this, don’t open any links and delete the email or text immediately.”


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