TRADING Standards has warned of "unusual scams" reported on the Isle of Wight. 

The local government service is asking Islanders to be wary of the following.

The first is a report of an automated phone call, stating that your car has been seen in a restricted area on a specific date and time and you have received a fine — press 9 to make a payment.

If somebody has driven in a different area, this may worry them, and panic them into paying the fine. 

This is a scam — hang up the phone.

The second comes after a resident reported a phone call which might be pertinent to a lot of people at the minute. 

For those in Council Tax band E and above, there is no automatic government rebate.

Scammers will have picked up on this and will use it to their advantage, contacting residents that are in E-band properties and asking for a fee, offering to reduce their banding and obtain a refund.

This is a scam, they will take your money and have your bank details. 

If you believe your banding is incorrect, you can challenge it on the Government website.