DVLA FRAUD WARNING

DRIVERS WARNED BY DVLA ON FRAUD RISK

DO NOT SHARE DRIVING LICENCE DETAILS ONLINE

Drivers are being warned they could be exposing themselves to fraud if they share photos of their driving licence online.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has issued the advice due to concerns motorists are oversharing sensitive documents on the internet.

By putting photos of your licence on Instagram or including shots of your vehicle’s registration documents in online listings, you could unwittingly become a target for fraudsters.

Pictures of your driving licence, complete with key details like your full name and address, could leave you open to having your identity stolen by criminals.

Be careful if you’re selling a car to a private buyer. Your car could also become a victim of identity theft if you share snaps of your log book including your vehicle’s registration mark and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Criminals can use this information to clone your car, using your car’s details to hide the identity of a stolen or salvaged vehicle which can then be either sold on or used for criminal activity.

If a cloned car is caught by police, these offences will often be attributed to the owner of the car that’s been cloned.

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