RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, departments of motor vehicles across the country have been urging more people to go online to complete as many transactions as possible, including the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

The Better Business Bureau serving Central Virginia says scammers are also stepping up their activities to trick drivers with lookalike sites to steal personal and sometimes financial information.

According to a release, people will go to a website they think is the DMV to read about the department's COVID-19 procedures.

However, people are being encouraged to double-check the URL to make sure they are on the actual state DMV site before entering any personal or payment information. In Virginia, that site is

DMVs have been expanding their online offerings, and scammers are taking advantage by creating fake sites that claim to handle license renewals, car title transfers or other DMV services.

BBB says people should be wary of third-party sites, especially any that have no working customer service number or physical address. There may also be typos and grammatical errors.

When making a purchase online, BBB suggests using a credit card because a fraudulent charge on a credit card can usually be disputed, which might not be possible with other payment methods.

For more information on scams that have been reported to the BBB, click here.