MANSFIELD and Ashfield residents are being warned about a telephone scam where callers claim to be from a Government department.
Trading Standards Officers from Nottinghamshire County Council have received information that local people are being targeted by the con.
Callers claiming to be from the Government, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), or Ministry of Justice (MOJ) are telling residents they could be entitled to the repayment of bank charges or other debts.
However, these callers have no connection with any government organisation.
They have tricked and harassed victims into handing over hundreds of pounds, only to find that the call was a scam.
Trading Standards say that no government body would ever call asking for personal bank details, offer money back on bank charges, credit card charges or mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance or to send money via Western Union.
These departments are warning consumers not to pass on personal or financial details to such callers, or to transfer money unless you are confident the company is legitimate.
If you have already done so, contact your bank as soon as possible to stop or check any unauthorised transactions and report the incident to the police.
If you believe you have been a victim of this scam you should report the matter to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website at www.actionfraud.org.uk