A CARDIGAN pensioner who was the target of an attempted scam is keen to warn others to be on their guard.

The woman, who is ‘pushing 80’, told the Tivyside she was contacted by a caller claiming to be from her phone company – they never said which one -and offering to give her a year’s free call-blocking service.

“The said they wanted to check they had my correct contact details,” she said.

“They told me that they knew I paid by direct debit and believed that my debit card expired in 2023 and would I check that and give them other details.

“I smelled a very big rat and did not discuss it further and put the phone down. I then checked with my bank as I was worried that they might have my details.

“My bank was very helpful and told me that these fraudsters take a chance that everyone pays by direct debit and that most debit cards only run for three years and they hope to strike lucky.

“I am sure if I am getting this sort of call and being targeted, then others are too and I just want people to be aware. Don’t be afraid to hang up.”

Dyfed-Powys Police are also warning residents about a scam with fraudsters pretending to be from Microsoft, Norton and BT.

“If you receive a call saying your computer is infected or has serious errors, or your ant-virus needs updating, just hang up. No genuine employee from these companies would ever phone to tell you this,” said a police spokesperson.

These callers are criminals who will try to gain your trust by making you think your computer has a problem. If you allow them to access your computer you are at risk of having your money taken from your bank account and your computer locked.”

If you think you have been scammed call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or for advice call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.