A SCAM targeting farmers has been sweeping rural areas, including those in Redditch, Alcester and Studley.
Farmers are being warned to beware of rogue tarmac gangs, who either knock on doors or more recently (and in a new twist to an old scam) phone the farm and claim they have some left over tarmac they want to get rid of.
Trading Standards officers say the traders imply they would rather tip the tarmac on the farm driveway to cover a few potholes as a favour, rather than have to dispose of it.
If the farmer agrees, the rogue gang arrives quickly, spread the tarmac and then demands thousands of pounds in payment with menaces.
Anyone wishing to report a scam can contact Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.