East Renfrewshire residents are being asked to be "vigilant" after a rise in financial scams in the area.

Police Scotland posted a warning on social media that they have seen a "recent spate of scam-related incidents" which have led to people losing money.

These have also taken place in other areas across Greater Glasgow. 

The force says that the scams see people receive a call from a person claiming to be a police officer alerting them to account activity/fraudulent activity on their account.

In the phone call, personal questions are asked for security reasons. In some cases, the victim is instructed to visit their bank to withdraw money and pass it to a third person.

Officers are warning people that they will never ask you to transfer or withdraw money or set up a secure account for you.

Detective Sergeant Nicol McPherson said: “We are asking members of the public to be aware of scams and take precautions to avoid becoming a victim.

“These scams are not always easy to spot and anyone can be fooled. These criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police.

"Often they have details about a person they shouldn’t, convincing people they are legitimate.

“I would encourage anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to be from their bank or financial institution to make sure the person calling is genuine.

“If in doubt hang up and contact the bank using the phone number on the back of your card or official paperwork.

"If the caller is genuine, they will understand your hesitation, don’t feel pressured to hand over details or withdraw money.”

Anyone who thinks they may have fallen victim to this scam is asked to contact 101.

Scam advice is available on their website HERE.