POLICE in Malvern are warning residents to be on their guard against telephone fraud after reports of three attempts over recent days.

A spokesman said: “Use a different telephone to make sure the line is clear. If they are genuine, you should be able to get through to them. You can also check what they are saying is true with your bank.

“Scams can be very elaborate, very convincing and cruel. If you think someone is trying to scam you, tell someone straight away. Don't be pressured. Give yourself time to stop and think.

“Please remember the police will never contact you asking for your bank card or cash. If someone does, it's a scam: provide no details and hand nothing over, hang up and report it immediately to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk or phone 03001 232040."