RESIDENTS are being warned after scammers have targeted pensioners across Hampshire this week.

The warning comes after three incidents of suspected fraud have taken place in Hamble, Warsash and Southampton.

According to police in all of the cases a suspected fraudster turned up at the victims home after trying to convince them over the phone that they were from the bank and needed to collect their bank cards and PIN numbers.

In the Coxord area of Southampton, a man in his 80's handed over his card and pin before £900 worth of transactions were made.

At the incident in Warsash a man in his 80s handed over his bank card but refused to give out his PIN before calling the police.

The offender was described as being Asian, aged 18-20, 6ft tall, with short dark hair and a moustache.

A spokesperson from Hampshire Police said: "We would like to remind people that your bank would never contact you requesting that a courier collect your bank cards, and no genuine authority would ask for your bank card details in these sorts of circumstances.

"If you have any elderly relatives or neighbours then please share this information with them, as sadly it is the elderly and more vulnerable members of our community that are targeted.

"If you have been scammed, or have any information about a scam, then call us on 101."