Everyone with a driver’s licence in the UK is being urged not to fall for websites offering free or cheap DVLA services at a high cost.
The websites are masquerading as official DVLA websites to get vulnerable people to pay for free services, such as renewing a driving licence at 70 years old.
These sites do actually provide the services they are advertising, so it is not a scam – but instead they are making money from people believing these are the normal rates.
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The usual cost for renewing a driving license is £14, but some of these sites are charging around £60 for the service, EuroJournal reports.
Around 1,200 reports have come in from drivers about the websites, according to the DVLA.
If you are unsure as to how much a service should cost, make sure to visit the official DVLA website before you pay for anything and make sure to look for “.gov.uk” to ensure it’s an official site.
DVLA chief executive Julie Lennard said: “Gov.uk is the only site where customers will find our official services, many of which are free. You may be charged a premium when using other websites offering services that are not connected to DVLA.”
MoneySavingExpert deputy editor Guy Anker said: “These copycat sites aren’t illegal, but they dress up like legitimate webpages, and use clever tricks to appear higher on search engines.
“They get you to fill in forms, which requires no more work on your part than if you’d done it yourself via the official sites, and then they overcharge you for ‘administration’ or ‘services’ – which is really just passing it to the relevant body, with no extra work involved.”
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