Police have issued a warning after scammers targeted an elderly man in north Cumbria.

The scam saw a man contacted by an unknown company, who were claiming to offer to fix his internet.

The man was then asked to provide his bank details over the phone to purchase a high value amount of gift cards from a high street retailer.

After purchasing the gift cards the scammer then asked for the gift card details as payment for fixing his internet.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: “Never divulge personal information or bank details over the phone unless you are certain you are speaking to a genuine company.”

Advice on how to avoid being the victim of fraudsters can be found on the Cumbria Police website.

Anyone with any information about this incident, or if you or anyone you know has been targeted by a similar scam, is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log CP 201909260142.