Fraudsters are pretending to be the DVLA in the latest scam email to hit inboxes, the driving licence agency is warning.

It said the emails urge drivers to verify their details or risk losing their licence.

The email provides a link to a fake website, which looks similar to the DVLA online service and asks for your driving licence number and payment information.

It’s a scam!

The DVLA has not sent out these emails, so if you receive one you can be sure that it is a scam.

Those that click on the link and fill out the information will be supplying their details to fraudsters who will then be able to commit identity fraud.

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How to keep safe

The DVLA strongly advises anyone who receives one of these, or any similar email, to avoid opening the link and delete the message from their inbox.

If you need to use online services for driving licence or vehicle tax transactions, make sure you use the official gov.uk websites, such as the official DVLA website.

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How to combat scams

If you receive a suspicious email that looks like a scam you should report it to Action Fraud, which is the UK’s national fraud reporting centre.

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