Barclays issues scam warning as 50-year-old woman loses £40,000 | Personal finance | Finance

Barclays aims to protect its savers and Britons in general, and it has worked with the Metropolitan Police to do so. By producing the Little Book of Big Scams, Britons’ attention was drawn to the ways in which they could potentially be targeted.

One account involved a 50-year-old woman who corresponded with a man she had met through a dating site.

Getting to know the person, he told him he was an armed forces officer serving overseas, his profile showing a man in uniform.

At first, the dating site was their only means of communication, but soon the suspect encouraged communication through personal email and phone.

Over time, the suspect formed a relationship with the victim, who believed the pair were in a relationship.

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But when she told her supposed army boyfriend that she was out of money, all contact ceased.

It was only then that the woman realized she had been the victim of a vicious scam.

The book explained: “Police investigations confirmed that the victim had sent the funds to Africa and that the emails sent by the suspect originated from Africa while the suspect claimed to be serving in the Middle East.

“It was also discovered that the suspect’s photo on the website was taken from another person’s social media profile.”

Unfortunately, these types of scams happen, leaving victims heartbroken and even penniless.

As such, Barclays has underlined how important it is for Britons to protect themselves.

They should give out personal details only when absolutely necessary and be wary of who they are talking to.

Individuals may also wish to seek the advice of friends or family members, who could provide a valuable second opinion.

If someone thinks they have been scammed, they should contact their bank as soon as possible.

The bank may be able to stop any money that has been transferred.

Apart from this, individuals can also report fraud to Action Fraud.

The book added: “Scams happen. Remember that if you are the victim of a scam or an attempted scam, even a minor one, there may be hundreds or thousands of other people in the same situation.

“Your information can be part of a big puzzle and can be key to completing the picture.”