Drivers are being targeted by scammers who are sending messages promising car tax refunds.


The SMSs look like they have been sent by the DVLA, but are in fact an attempt to gather personal details and payment information.


The DVLA said in a message on Twitter: "We are aware of an email/text scam that asks drivers to verify their driving license and vehicle tax details via an online link.


“As it isn't from DVLA, please delete it and don't enter any of your details."


The DVLA website warns drivers: "We don’t send emails or text messages that ask you to confirm your personal details or payment information, such as for a vehicle tax refund."


"If you get anything like this, don’t open any links and delete the email or text immediately."


One typical message, seen by Birmingham Live, read: ""You are owed £48.84 due to overpayment. Click the secure link to claim your refund."


Anyone affected by such a scam should contact ActionFraud, the UK's agency for tackling scams and cyber crime.


The con takes advantage of new car tax rules which came into effect in April.


Beat the scammers: 5 tips


  1. Use the GOV.UK site only, so you know you are dealing with the DVLA.


  1. Don't upload images of personal information to social media (vehicle and licence documents etc.).


  1. Any scams should be reported to Action Fraud.


  1. Any misleading adverts should be reported to search engines.


  1. Read government guidelines on avoiding and reporting scams and phishing.