PEOPLE are being warned of bogus callers taking bank card details for hoax Christmas gifts.
Several households in Dorset have been targeted by the scam, which starts with a telephone call to arrange a parcel delivery time.
The gift - usually a bunch of flowers with a bottle of wine - arrives at the agreed time and a £3 surcharge is requested as proof that the delivery was made to an adult. Card payment is then taken on a card reader, which records the victim's PIN and three-digit security code.
Victims get to keep the flowers and the wine but later discover that their card details have been used to make transactions from ATMs.
A spokeswoman for Dorset Police said: "We all like a surprise gift but beware if you are not expecting one, and particularly if there is no gift card attached."