COUNCIL officers have warned Denbighshire residents to be “very wary” of scam emails claiming to offer legitimate compensation.

Denbighshire County Council’s (DCC) Trading Standards officers issued the warning after a resident was targeted in the county, amid a surge in cases across Wales.

Emlyn Jones, head of DCC’s planning and public protection, said residents should “be suspicious of any unsolicited email” to avoid falling victim to a fraud attempt.

Trading Standards suggests members of the public beware of any email that requests personal information; has poor spelling, grammar and presentation; a suspicious attachment; or urges immediate action.

“This is a timely moment to remind residents that they should be very wary of anybody who cold calls,” Mrs Jones said. “Whether over the phone, personally at the door or even by email, we urge people to be cautious.

“Our advice is to be suspicious of any unsolicited email and do not click on any links in any emails you do not know the origin of or are not expecting.”