A CROWD OF CROOKS is out to steal your money, but they vary considerably in skill. Today, I received the following email bearing the triangular logo of the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency). It was addressed to my email address not to me, the licence holder, by name. It reads as follows:
𝗬our 𝘃ehicle is no 𝗹onger 𝘁axed.
𝐃VLA have been notified electronically about you latest 𝐩ayment for your 𝐯ehicle tax failed because there is not enough 𝐦oney on you debit card.
We sent you a 𝐃VLA bill, and we still haven’t received 𝐩ayment.
Acknowledge that it’s illegal to drive your 𝐯ehicle until you’ve taxed it.
𝗧ax 𝘆our 𝘃ehicle – 𝗦TART 𝗡OW >
Notice: Un-taxed vehicles risk a fine of up to £240. 𝗬our 𝘃ehicle is no 𝗹onger 𝘁axed.
Vehicles Service Manager
Many of the letters in the email were in bold type. The words ‘START NOW’ is a hyperlink, which I did not click. Initially, I was concerned, but only for a few seconds. This obvious scam contains something in common with many other scam emails that try to worry the reader into believing that something momentous might happen if the instructions in the email are ignored. That common factor, which is well-illustrated above is bad use of the English language. For example, in this case:
“𝐃VLA have been notified electronically about you latest 𝐩ayment …”,
“Acknowledge that it’s illegal to drive your 𝐯ehicle until you’ve taxed it.”
Neither of these mistakes would have been made by the DVLA, nor would that organisation have signed itself as “@GOV.UK, Vehicles Service Manager”
Also, the DVLA would know my name and would address me by that, rather than by my email address. Just in case you missed the erroneous wording of the email, you might become suspicious of the sender’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, which does not look like the kind of email address that the official DVLA would use.
So, there is a great need to brush up on your use of the English language if you wish to succeed, you contemptible bunch of damnable scammers.
In brief, this scam email was hardly convincing, and the dishonest sender deserves to reap a poor reward, if any, for his or her pathetic attempt to rob me of cash or, worse, sensitive banking or similar details. So, please read all emails carefully before making an error that you might easily regret.
PS: my vehicle is taxed until June 2021. You can check the validity of your vehicle’s tax on https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax