Watch out for scam DVLA emails

People are being warned about a rogue email claiming to be from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

The fraudulent email, with the subject line 'Update Your License Details', asks people to verify their licence details via an online link.

The email appears to be an attempt to trick drivers into providing their personal details

DVLA has confirmed that it has not sent any such email. Anyone who has received this email should not respond and should delete it immediately.

County Councillor Albert Atkinson, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member responsible for trading standards, said: "What this email appears to be doing is phishing for people's personal details.

"Scams can have a devastating impact on people's lives. They often deliberately target older people or people who are especially vulnerable.

"The fact that so many people are affected every year shows that we're all potential victims and need to be on our guard.

"Be cautious and don't fall for it!"

The warning comes as Lancashire County Council is teaming up with Lancashire Constabulary to support the Office of Fair Trading's national Scamnesty campaign to tackle scam letters and leaflets across the country

Scamnesty bins will be located at all libraries, police stations and Citizens' Advice Bureaux during February to encourage people to deposit scam letters.

A full list of locations of the scamnesty bins is available online at www.lancashire.gov.uk/scamnesty