Lincolnshire Trading Standards is warning residents in Kirton and Boston to be on their guard following reports of a telephone scam.
The cold-caller is pretending to be from Boston Borough Council, and claims to be able to help residents claim compensation for a recent trip or slip.
Kirsty Toyne, principal trading standards officer, says: “Council’s don’t contact people like this, so if you do receive a call please don’t entertain this fraudster.
“It’s not easy to know if a person is who they say they are over the phone, but be suspicious if the call is unexpected.
“Please don’t give out your personal information or bank details over the phone unless you are 100% sure who you are dealing with.
“Scammers will often ask for a payment by an electronic voucher, which are virtually untraceable. Agreeing to do so is the same as handing over cash.
“You should also never feel pressurised, so please trust your instinct. If you’re not sure if the call is genuine please ask a family member, give Citizens Advice a call on 03454 04 05 06 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk.”
If you have been caught out by this scam contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk
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