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Phishing E-mail Claims To Come from UK Vehicle Licensing Authority

18 June, 2012
The DVLA is warning of a targeted phishing attack claiming to come from them asking recipients to update their licence details
By Andy Pye:



The warning was issued by the UK's "Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency" (DVLA) through the Driving Standards Agency this weekend after it had found that people had been receiving e-mails which had seemed to come from them and asking for verification of licence details.



The e-mail uses the "fear" technique often employed by phishers to gain a quick reaction to the e-mail which threatens licence-holders with having to take another driving test if they fail to confirm their details within two weeks.



Examining the e-mail in detail, the grammar and spelling is very typical of phishing material and very untypical of a Government Agency! This alone should make readers suspicious that it isn't a genuine item:



The Subject header is "Update your license details". The DVLA is a UK organisation and uses the spelling "licence". License (as a noun) is the US spelling.



Within the body of the e-mail, the text is "Drivers that refuses...." instead of "Drivers that refuse..." and they spell inconvenience as "inconviniences".



The DVLA is warning recipients of such an e-mail to delete it immediately.
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