POLICE are warning people to be on their guard against census fraudsters.

The West Yorkshire force says any census field officers chasing-up uncompleted forms will never ask for a payment or bank details, nor request a National Insurance number.

A police spokesman said: “There have been reports of fraudsters ringing/texting and even visiting individuals claiming to be from the Office for National Statistics or local councils and obtaining other personal details.

“Several are claiming that people have incorrectly completed their form and are asking for a payment to cover a fake fine.

“The more vulnerable in our society again are falling prey to this and other scams.

“You will never be issued with a fine by text, phone call or email.

“If in doubt, speak to family, a friend or the police. Contact Action Fraud if you think you have been targeted.”

Action Fraud can be contacted at actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.