POLICE have warned Dorset residents to beware of scammers after a resident was nearly conned out of £2,000.

The Sherborne resident was repeatedly contacted through telephone calls by an unidentified man. He repeatedly asked for money to be sent to India via money transfer service, MoneyGram along with the person’s debit card and passport details.

The calls continued to such a point that the recipient felt the calls may stop if they sent over the amount requested, which was around £2,000. They were eventually informed by MoneyGram staff that it was a scam and no money or details were sent.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud of any kind, you can contact Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

For further online safety and security advice visit the Dorset Police cyber-crime page on the Dorset Police website, www.dorset.police.uk