DYFED-Powys Police is warning of scam phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be from HMRC following a high number of reports to the force.

Fraudsters are carrying out these calls in an effort to get personal financial details from residents, and eventually get them to pay money stating that they owe taxes.

Callers are being asked to press 1, when they are transferred to a person who asks for their bank details. In some cases they are being threatened with court or police action if they do not comply.

Paul Callard, of the Financial Crime Team, said: “HMRC would never target people in this way and would certainly never ask for money or bank details over the phone. HMRC would never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.

“Please be vigilant, do not part with any money or personal information. Remember, it is okay not to speak with cold callers - just put the phone down. If you are concerned please contact police on 101.”

For further advice and information on how to avoid being scammed visit www.actionfraud.police.uk