Drivers are being urged not to share information about their car or driving licence online as they can land in a number of problems. Sharing images of their personal or vehicle paperwork could expose them to fraud. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has issued a warning to motorists tempted to share images online. It said: “Be careful online – don’t share photos of your driving licence or your vehicle documents on social media or selling sites. Scammers can use this for identity theft.”
Your driving licence contains many important pieces of information such as your full name, date of birth and address.
Your vehicle’s V5c also includes this information but also the car’s registration, VIN number and document reference number.
In the wrong hands, scammers can use this information to have new number plates which could put them at risk of cloning.
Car cloning sees a car that is usually stolen wearing the plates of a legitimate car to conceal its identity.
Owners of the legitimate car could be at risk of having to pay thousands of pounds in fines committed but the con artist wearing its number plates.
The DVLA is also warning customers to be wary of scam text messages and emails.
Often these messages will be offering drivers a refund or claiming they have overpaid for their car tax.
They often use threatening or urgent language to get motorists to divulge their banking information and personal details.
A DVLA spokesperson said: “We’re aware that some members of the public are receiving emails, texts and telephone calls claiming to be from DVLA.
“Links to a website mocked up to look like a DVLA online service are sometimes included in the message.
“We don’t send emails or text messages with links to websites asking you to confirm your personal details or payment information.
“We strongly advise anyone who receives such a request not to open the link and delete the item.”