DVLA Cautions about New Phishing E-mail
According to a warning by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), an e-mail masquerading as a message from DVLA is presently circulating online while hitting innocent Internet users' inboxes, published computeractive.co.uk dated June 11, 2012.
After telling the recipient that he must make his details up-to-date by a 2-week time-period, the e-mail even admonishes that failure to do so will result in the suspension of his license.
The missive that contains several errors reportedly asserts that since an upgrading exercise is going on at DVLA therefore drivers require confirming the details of their driver's license.
Thereafter, the recipient is directed to follow one given web-link to reach the DVLA site where the details' updating should be done.
But, upon doing so the web-link actually leads onto a phishing site aired inside South Africa. This site replete with misspellings appears real and even displays a note that the site is DVLA's official site.
Surprisingly, the license details asked on this site include name, address, birth-date and credit card number of the user. More precisely, the fraudulent site states that there'll be no charges made against the card; however, the information requested relates to merely verification purposes.
Meanwhile, officials from DVLA confirmed that the agency hadn't dispatched any such electronic mail; therefore, anyone receiving it must instantly erase it devoid of even opening it.
Also according to DVLA, the e-mail is a phishing message that seemingly attempts at duping genuine licensed drivers so they maybe made to reveal personal info that the scammers could subsequently utilize for ID-theft as well as other illegal operations.
Moreover, according to the security analysts examining the problem, it's because of the above kinds of phishing attacks that there's such an increase in phishing online. Their comment received the support of statistics, which 'Eleven,' a German security company published within its "June 2012 E-mail Security Report" that shows an increase in phishing incidences in May 2012 by 23.6% following a general rise of nearly 170% during Q1-2012 i.e. January-March 2012.
Eventually, phishing attack against DVLA isn't unknown. During February 2011, a likewise assault targeted the agency's members.
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