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    The DVLA Scam

    Thame Driving Blog

    About 2 years ago I was approached by several customers about information that we know as "motor industry experts" but is unknown to the wider public.

    I thought that knowing what to do to pass your MOT or how to claim money back if you hit a pothole was easy information to find. Apparently not, and anayway when it comes to cars and motoring, what I have found is that there is alot of guff and untruths out there. The feeling I got was that people want to listen to people that they trust.

    So....I started writing articles about useful motoring information, amusing tales and local information. I now send this out to over 2,000 people on a monthly basis along with other motor related emails and generally get really good feedback. In fact what happens now is that my readers are now telling me what to write about.

    I hope you enjoy the articles and if there is a particular topic you want to know about then please let me know.


    I wrote last week about the changes to the drivers license that are coming in to effect on January 1.

    In short, you no longer need your paper copy, and when you have to renew it you’ll just get the photo card back.

    The Scam

    The changes are pretty straight forward: you don’t need to do anything.

    But some people are unaware of this and there’s an element of confusion, which is where the scammers are getting in on the action.

    Emails are being received asking people to ‘verify their details’ via a link in the message.

    The link goes to a dodgy scam website and before you can say ‘I have an uncle in Nigeria’ you’re the latest victim of identity theft.

    You don’t have to do anything

    Just to reiterate: when the changes come into effect on January 1 you really don’t have to do anything at all.

    You can throw your paper license in the bin if you like, but other than that there’s no action you have to take.