Horse & Hound has issued an important warning for all advertisers to watch out for fraudsters.

Head of classified sales Rob Edwards said: “We are aware of several cases where advertisers have been called and asked for payment or card details due to a transaction not going through or a systems crash which has led to card details being lost.

“Unfortunately these are scams which are becoming more commonplace and the people that are carrying them out are highly convincing professionals who are very astute at getting you to part with your card details.”

He said Horse & Hound may call advertisers for payment details, but if you have an advert running with us we will always tell you at the time of payment if there has been a problem with the transaction.

If you do not recognise the person calling or are at all unsure about the legitimacy of the call then please do not give your card details just call the Horse & Hound classified team on Freephone 0800 316 5450 to ensure that you are speaking to a genuine member of staff.

And please do let us know if you have had any calls over this weekend – H&H does not take payment details over the weekend.