Consumer Protection said the scam used a fake email to urge drivers to renew their licence through PayPal, where they are asked to provide their name, address, mother’s maiden name and credit card details to complete the renewal.
Consumer Protection acting commissioner David Hillyard said the Department of Transport did not use PayPal for payments and would never ask for personal details through email.
He said people who received the email should delete it immediately.
‘This is known as a phishing scam where scammers attempt to obtain your personal and financial details in order to commit credit card fraud and steal money from your account,’ he said.
‘Clicking on links within a scam email can also automatically download spyware or malware on your computer or device which gives the scammers access.’
Visit www.scamnet.wa.gov.au for more information.