WEST Dunbartonshire Trading Standards are urging residents to be vigilant after being alerted to a new email gas bill phishing scam.

The email tells the recipient they have a small amount outstanding on their bill and encourages the residents to pay it off by clicking a link.

 It has been confirmed that these emails are not genuine and customers should not press the link or give away any of their personal or bank details.

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Residents who receive a similar email and are unsure if it is legitimate, should contact their gas company directly using the telephone number on a utility bill.

The council’s trading standards team can be contacted on 01389 737000.