Pensioner outraged by driving license con

Romsey Advertiser: Pensioner outraged by driving license con Pensioner outraged by driving license con

A MEON Valley MP is warning older people from the dangers of bogus emails after one unlucky constituent was conned over her driving licence.

The 81-year-old was fraudulently made to pay £80 to renew her driving license after she received an email from a company called Driving License Application. It was only after she contacted the DVLA, who advised her no such fee was required over the age of 70, that she sought help from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and wrote to her MP.

“As a widow of 81 I was very upset by this,” she said. “Especially as there was no way to get my money back, and although I know many other people have been fooled in the same way by this deception, I'm wondering if something could be done before even more people lose their money."

Mr Hollingbery said: “Sadly this company is acting just within the boundaries of the law. Their operation is legal, but I think most people would take the view that it is also very sharp practice.

“The situation is made more complicated because this company seems to be actively sending out emails to people, who they believe will have a licence up for renewal, making it much easier for those unaware to be confused.

“I urge everyone to treat such emails with suspicion and not to part with any cash.”

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