Dyfed-Powys Police officers were reported to Tenby after several reports of scammers knocking on doors and pretending to be workmen.

The police first received a report at approximately 1.25pm on Tuesday, October 5, of an attempted scam in the Milton Meadows area of Tenby.

Dyfed-Powys Police said: "Some workmen in a black pickup approached an elderly couple in their home stating that they were working on and removing trees in a neighbouring property, and needed to remove a tree of theirs because it was diseased.

"It was claimed this would cost them around £400. The couple checked with their neighbours on the validity of these claims, and they confirmed that they did not have them working on their trees.

"The elderly couple had not given them any money, and by the time they returned the men had left.

"A short time later police received another call that the men had returned to the area and were wearing high visibility jackets. Officers were deployed to patrol the area, but there were no sightings of the men.

"Enquiries have been made, and the information has been passed to the local authority Trading Standards team."

Police then published a list of what to do before answering the door, and to remain alert to rogue traders or cold callers.

The guidance advised is:

• If in doubt, keep them out

• Don’t sign on the spot

• Always ask for an identity card and look up the organisation to check the person’s identity

• Don’t get taken in by sales banter or high pressure selling techniques

• Always shop around for the best price

• Talk to someone you trust for a second opinion

• Avoid handing over money before work is started

• Think very carefully before you agree to a trader starting any work straight away

• Trust your instincts

• And finally – it’s okay to say no. Remember, it’s your doorstep and your decision. If you feel pressured for any reason ask the person to leave

Dyfed-Powys Police added: "If you are concerned about a suspicious incident, report it to Dyfed-Powys Police either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.

"If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908."