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I received the following today:

DVLA:You are eligible to receive a vehicle tax refund.

Please submit your request via ukdriverf.inal-give-back.co.uk/vehicle14



It was sent from a mobile number. It's an obvious phishing attempt as Government Agencies don't send texts offering to give you money! Also their internet address would end in gov.uk . Please be aware that this sort of fraud attempt is becoming quite common.

I haven't been tempted to open the link and have deleted the text. I'll probably report it to Action Fraud.

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odd that as i have just had to declare my bike sorn for a short while. was given the option of having  a text or email confirmation of that, actually opted for the email.

But if i had received that text i would not have given it much thought as i would have assumed it to be genuine at first glance as i would have been expecting some communication from the dvla.

Luckily i do not get many text messages apart from Mrs sid wanting to know where i am, five minutes after leaving the house and what time i will be home or my phone providers telling me that if i top up my phone by £5-£10 i will get 5 million free texts and tickets to the popes next heavy metal concert with a backstage all access pass.

In a similar vein i am still awaiting BT/Microsoft/ whomever's technical department to cut of my internet due to illegal activity on my ISP, something that they say will happen in 24-48 hours according to the weekly phone calls that i get "press one to be connected to an advisor press two to have your internet cut off"

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If (and it's a big IF) the DVLA actually owed me money, I would expect them to send me a letter to that effect with a cheque attached, not to have to make a claim!

It must be my turn to be scammed this month because I've also received this email:



Mr. Jerome H. Powell<mrjeromepowell1@gmail.com>
24/6/2019 21:57
US Federal Reserve Bank Corporate Office
20th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W
Mail Stop K300 Washington, D.C. 20551
Our Ref:USFRB/IRU/SFE/15.5/NY/011
United States of America
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)
Saturday and Sunday
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)

Federal Reserve Bank®

Your payment files from four (4) different banks, Natwest Bank of London,United Bank of Africa, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development(EBRD)and Bank of America was compiled and submitted to my desk this morning for review. The total sum owed to you by the 4 banks mentioned above was sum up to the tune of US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
This commission was set up in conjunction with the American intelligence bureau as well as the European Union to fight against scam and fraudulent activities worldwide.

Now the fund has been totally lodged in one particular Escrow account (non deductible) here in the Federal Reserve Bank New York on your name, while waiting for accreditation to your personal bank account in any part of the world.

Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, I confirmed that you have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable the release of your payment to you, but yet your payment was not released to you due to one flimsy excuses or the other from the Bank officials in charge of your payment, because they had the intention of diverting your funds to their private accounts in order to satisfy their selfish interest.

You are however lucky that we the management of the US Federal Reserve Bank detected their evil plans and therefore call for the submission of your payment file to us so we can personally handle the payment assignment to ensure that you receive your funds accordingly.

Now, all modalities regarding your fund release has been put in place here in the Reserve Bank of America, thus, your funds has been made ready for transfer in our sophisticated macro transfer system, what we need from you now is to provide to us the bank account of your choice which you want us to transfer your funds so we can expedite action for the accreditation of your funds into your account immediately.

Below are the information needed for now for your transfer.

1. Personal Details:

Full Name:
Current Address:
Direct Mobile Number:
Passport Copy, ID card or DL:

2. Banking Details:

Bank Name:
Bank Address:
Account Name
Account Number:
Routing Number:
Swift Code:

Note: If you prefer to receive your funds in form of a ATM CREDIT CARD (VISA/MASTER CARD , we could

Kindly forward your details to: mrjeromepowell1@gmail.com

In anticipating for your urgent cooperation

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Jerome H. Powell
Chair Of the Federal Reserve Bank
Federal Reserve Bank Washington, D.C.
Co-chief Operating Officer,
Reserve Bank®
Corporate Office, WD, Washington, D.C..
Federal Reserve Bank, N.A. Member FDIC.
© 2017 Federal Reserve Bank Corporation.
All rights reserved.
I haven't decided what I'm going to spend it all on yet. Any suggestions?
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Can't help you there still waiting for the money from that Nigerian prince.

I usually send an email reply asking if they can send a cheque for £500 made out to bearer so that i can open a bank account as i don't currently have one. (hasn't worked yet but still hopeful.)

Had any number of variations on the theme of my husband/father/best mate has died and has x million in a bank account that they are willing to share. those usually get a email with a reply of sorry for your loss or my condolences.

the latest ones i get are from asda/morrisons/tesco/ bargain booze/ fred cafes with a fluorescent comic sans font saying that my coupons are ready for collection or some such. these just get deleted.

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