CALLS are being made for residents to watch out for scams as conmen prey on the vulnerable in the tough economic climate.
The Trading Standards team at Portsmouth City Council is reminding people never to disclose bank account details or other personal information to people they do not know.
Other tips include never replying to an email supposedly from a bank which asks for personal and bank details and not ringing numbers starting with 090 where possible as they can cost up to £1.50 per minute.
A council spokesman added: ‘If you get approached by someone handing you a scratch card telling you that you have won a luxury holiday, ask yourself if you are prepared to sit through a lengthy sales pitch.
‘If you become at all suspicious of a caller allegedly from the council, call us back using the main switchboard number.
‘Remember – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.’
To report a scam call (023) 9282 2251 or email email@example.com.