Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Warning: Scam Email Claiming To Be DVLA

The DVLA has released a statement warning email users of a fraudulent email currently in circulation that targets drivers. The email links to a website claiming to be the DVLA, where you are prompted to enter your driving licence and bank details.

You can read the statement here.

With the amount of scam emails sent each today exceeding 200 million, it is more than likely that a few have landed in both your personal and professional inbox. To avoid risking computer viruses, fraud or even identity theft it is important that you know how to identify these emails.

Is the email from who it says it's from?

If an email claims to be from a certain company, the domain that the email came from should be clearly linked to the company. For example, if you were to receive an email from CVC, the email should be from our domain, not from a domain such as overdueinvoicing.co.uk.

Does the website actually exist?

Some spam emails will contain links that you are urged to visit. Do not click these. Instead, hover over them to see the full URL of the link. Simply perform a quick Google search on the URL - if dubious results appear or the website doesn't exist at all, it is most likely not a legitimate email.

Are there any attachments?

It's very rare for large companies to send out attachments. Unless you are expecting an attachment, do not open it, especially if the file type is .zip, .exe, .bat, .com, or .scr as opening them can trigger a virus.

Do they need your personal information?

A common trick is to pretend that your bank or online shopping account needs to verify personal information within a certain time frame, or your account will be closed. It's unlikely that you will receive emails from companies asking for verification unless you have very recently signed up with them - even then they will never ask you to re-enter the information, only to confirm that which they already have on record.

Last but not least: if you are suspicious of an email because something doesn't quite seem right, do not open. It's better to be safe than sorry, after all.