The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
Webteam: September 2020
Tattenhall Homewatch and Graham Marsden do a brilliant job in alerting residents to local crime, phishing scams etc. etc.
Some scams look genuine but some are almost laughable in their ineptitude; this recent effort, purporting to be from the DVLA, is full of grammatical errors and,hopefully, shouldn't fool anyone.
"Your vehicle is no longer taxed. DVLA have been notified electronically about you latest payment for your vehicle tax failed because there is not enough money on you debit card. We have generated a new invoice, and we suggest you to use a credit card instead of a debit, to avoid any other consequences that might appearin case again won't be enough funds inside."
We're not saying that all genuine goverment notifications are, by any means, perfectly constructed and we admit that, from time time to time, grammatical errors may creep into Tattenhall Online stories.
From time to time most of us will receive such scams. The government have a very useful website giving advice on dealing with suspicious emails, phone calls and text messages and how to spot the most obvious signs of a scam, and also what to do if you've already responded.
Authority — Is the message claiming to be from someone official? For example, your bank, doctor, a solicitor, or a government department. Criminals often pretend to be important people or organisations to trick you into doing what they want.
Urgency — Are you told you have a limited time to respond (such as 'within 24 hours' or 'immediately')? Criminals often threaten you with fines or other negative consequences.
Emotion — Does the message make you panic, fearful, hopeful or curious? Criminals often use threatening language, make false claims of support, or tease you into wanting to find out more.
Scarcity — Is the message offering something in short supply, like concert tickets, money or a cure for medical conditions? Fear of missing out on a good deal or opportunity can make you respond quickly.
Current events — Are you expecting to see a message like this? Criminals often exploit current news stories, big events or specific times of year (like tax reporting) to make their scam seem more relevant to you.
For further guidance have a look at
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