To avoid becoming a victim of fraud, the DVLA has warned motorists to stop sharing images of their driving licences on social media.
Luke John Smith, The Express, reports:
British motorists have been urged not to share photographs of their drive licence online as it could put them at risk.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has shared another warning to motorists to discourage them from making this error.
Sharing your licence online could expose you to the risk of being a victim of fraud.
Publishing images of licensing documents or the photo card itself could be giving crucial information away to criminals.
These documents include the V5C logbook. The DVLA shared a fresh warning on social media to help educate drivers on the dangers of sharing this information.
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.”
The driving licence contains a lot of personal information which could be exploited by carnivals including your name, address, and date of birth.
A V5C document contains a car’s registration mark, VIN number and a document reference number, which is information motorists must protect.
Motorists are also warned not to fall for text message and email scams which have been sent to some motorists in the UK.
They usually offer drivers a refund or state that they need to pay an outstanding tax payment.
“We’re aware that some members of the public are receiving emails, texts and telephone calls claiming to be from DVLA,” the DVLA warns.
“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.
“The government, led by Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service (GDS), will continue to investigate reports of organisations which may be actively misleading users about their services or acting illegally, taking swift action when necessary.
“By using the online driving licence or vehicle tax transactions on GOV.UK you can be sure that you are dealing directly with DVLA.”
The effort made in an attempt to prevent the sharing of these images shows that this is a serious issue for both the DVLA and motorists, due to the potential consequences of being exploited through what you share online.