Halton Borough Council’s Trading Standards is warning consumers of a scam DVLA email currently circulating. The email is a ‘phishing ’email, trying to extract consumer’s personal information, bank details and passwords.

A close examination of the email shows it has not come from the DVLA, but in fact an email address ending in telenet.be.

In addition, the email does not address the consumer by name (this is because the scammers don’t know the consumer name), so they just repeatedly use the email address instead

Finally, the threat at the bottom of the email sates they may suspend your DVLA account. All the above are classic signs of a scam.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Trading Standards, Cllr Dave Cargill, said: ” If you receive this message just delete it and do not to forward it to anyone.”

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our 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