WARNINGS have been issued by police officers over scam callers after an elderly lady in Trowbridge was nearly tricked out of hundreds of pounds.

During the afternoon of June 11, the lady received a telephone call advising her that she had an outstanding debt.

She was advised that she could pay the debt by purchasing a large amount of high street shopping vouchers.

A diligent member of staff at the store, questioned the female victim as to why she was purchasing the vouchers, and contacted the police.

A police spokesman said: "No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

"If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re very likely the target of a scam.

"Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address), it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

"Genuine banks or other trusted organisations won't pressure you to make a financial transaction on the spot. If something feels wrong then it’s usually right to question it.

"If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040."