Cobram Criminal Investigation Unit detectives are warning community members to beware of a scam that has been doing the rounds.
The scammers make contact initially through a dating application or by copying a Facebook profile and submitting a friend request.
From there the scammers are either giving the victim an email address/Skype address, an Australian mobile phone number for calls or have used Facebook Messenger.
In all cases various stories have been told as to why money is needed. These vary from needing an urgent medical operation to needing to pay money to claim a cash prize.
The scammers are targeting people from different states and the level they are targeted depends on what information they are willing to provide to the scammer.
The scammer has been able to obtain one victim’s identity documents, which has led to them obtaining loans in the victim’s name.
None of the victims have met the person they are taking to face to face.
Police believe the scammers may be operating from an overseas location and are warning consumers to be vigilant.
●Anyone who believes they have come across a scam or fraudulent website are advised to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.scamwatch.gov.au