Investigators fear organised crime gangs could try to exploit the Government’s financial package.
The National Crime Agency has warned that criminals are posing at nurses in order to take advantage of the goodwill of the public.
It is reported that criminals have taken to dating sites posing as nurses asking for money to help them get to work.
Lynne Owens, Director of the National Crime Agency, said; “We’ve seen reports of a dating fraud where people are pretending to be… a nurse in a hospital and say, ‘I need money to help me to get to work,’ and abuse people that way.”
Online selling sites have also seen a rise in the number of people offering fake or non-existent items for sale, including personal protective equipment, medicines, hand sanitiser.
Investigators also fear organised crime gangs could try to exploit the Government’s financial package.
In advice to online daters, the Money Advice Service recommends that if “you’ve never met someone in real life you should never transfer them any money”.
They say “Scammers are drawn to dating sites because they know that the people on there are looking to make a personal connection, and they can use this to their advantage.”
If you think you have been a victim of online fraud you should report to the Police on 101, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or contact ActionFraud.