Fraudsters are trying to scam people by sending 'receipts' claiming to be from iTunes via email and text message.

The messages contain instructions on how to obtain a refund for the fictitious orders and directs recipients to a page where sensitive financial information can be harvested in order to access bank accounts.

The 'Apple iTunes scam' has prompted Cheshire police to issue a fraud warning on social media in a bid to discourage members of the public from falling victim to it.

The force posted on its Facebook page: "Received an unexpected 'Purchase Receipt' email or text message claiming to be from iTunes?

"This is a spam message with links to a malicious web page that is being used to harvest personal details."

iTunes never requests personal details via email or through attached links.

If you have received one of these messages, you can report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or clicking here.