HAMPSHIRE residents are being asked for hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers as part of a phishing scam.

The county police force has issued a warning to people about suspicious emails.

Fraudsters are sending them, requesting a discussion, followed by a request for vouchers - usually for around £400.

“On the face of it, they appear innocuous but if you do receive a message like that, usually from a friend or colleague, check the email address they have used,” said a Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson.

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They added: “It will often be a strange Gmail address but will have the apparent sender’s name attached and so will appear innocent until the address is open.

“Report misleading websites, emails, phone numbers, phone calls or text messages you think may be suspicious.

“Do not give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re not sure they’re genuine.

“If you have been a victim please make a report via Action Fraud on 0300 123 204.”

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