A woman who was looking for love online has been scammed out of over £20,500 by a man who claimed to be a soldier.
The Derry woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, met the conman on the internet and after a period of time, was persuaded to disclose personal details and money from her online bank account.
Enquiries are continuing to establish what, if any of this money, can be recovered back to the heartbroken owner.
Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said: “No matter how big or small the amount of money is that a victim loses, every loss is felt by those targeted.
“However, this scam, where a victim has been swindled out of a significant amount of money, shows why it’s so important for people to be vigilant. This woman trusted this man who unfortunately was only after one thing – her money. That is devastating for her.
“If anything, this is a stark reminder of why it is so important for families to have conversations with their loved ones about scams.”
He went on to give advice to the public regarding scams.
“When it comes to scams, our message is simple,” he warned.
“Never ever disclose your personal or banking details to anyone over the phone or online, no matter how convincing they sound to you.
“Never disclose them to any unauthorised person or allow anyone access to them via your
“If you are concerned by unsolicited calls, emails or letters then please report it to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phoning 0300 123 2040, or call police on the non-emergency number 101.”
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