An urgent warning has been issued by Lincolnshire Police over bogus messages that purport to be from the force.
It comes after a Lincolnshire man reported to police having received a message on his mobile phone that featured the Lincolnshire Police logo, alleging to be form the force.
It stated that his phone was blocked because of a website featuring sexual content and he would have to pay £200 to have it unlocked.
A spokesman for the force said: “Lincolnshire Police would like to make clear that any communication of this kind is most definitely not a legitimate message from the force, nor will we ever contact you in such a way.
“If you receive any messages of this kind please report them to us on the non-emergency number 101 and do not hand over any personal or financial details, or engage with them in any way.”