NOW that the clocks have gone back, Scottish Water is urging Bankies to beat bogus callers by following their card, check and call advice.

The firm has reminded customers, including vulnerable and elderly people, to be vigilant and aware of the risk of becoming a victim of bogus callers at any time including when it is darker in the mornings, afternoons and early evenings.

If Scottish Water knocks on your door, check their photo ID and follow the “three Cs rule”: card, check and call.

The company said: “Anyone calling on behalf of Scottish Water, whether it is a Scottish Water employee or a contractor working on our behalf in your area, will always carry a photo ID card or letter. You should always ask callers to pass their ID card or letter through the letterbox so that you can check their identity.

“Check the ID card carefully: Is the photo on the ID card the same as the person at the door? Has the card been tampered with in any way? If you are not confident that they are a genuine caller, then send them away.

“If you are in any doubt about the caller’s identity, before you open the door please call our customer helpline on 0800 0778778."