The building society is urging customers to take action if they have been impact by scams
Eventually, the customer realised they had been scammed and made no further payments. Thankfully, the initial £7,000 sum was refunded to the heartbroken victim.
Jim Winters, Nationwide’s Director of Economic Crime, explained: “Criminals can be very convincing and persuasive enough to get someone looking for love or feeling lonely to give them their trust, personal details and ultimately their money, even when they haven’t actually met each other in person.
“Our data shows all ages can be a target of romance scams as criminals will cast their net far and wide to stand the best chance of snaring a victim. This is why everyone looking for love, regardless of age or gender, needs to protect their wallet as well as their hearts by looking out for any red flags.
“Be curious, ask questions and involve family and friends who have your best interests at heart. Education is the biggest deterrent to scams.”