Britons warned of ‘alarm bells’ in growing scam as victim loses life savings of £36,000

“If you meet someone online, and after just a short time, they claim to have strong feelings for you and ask to chat with you privately, it could be a scam.

“Another alarm should be if their profile on the internet dating website or their Facebook page is not consistent with what they tell you.

“You should not be afraid to ask questions and double check what they are being told.”

Ms Jordaan explained that scammers will usually have a back story about how they are abroad for work, or live overseas. People are reminded to consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam.

If they ask for money, gifts or your bank account/credit card details it could be a scam.

How can you spot a scam?

There are many indicators that something may be up. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

She continued: “For example, if out of the blue you’re told you’ve won a round the world trip, it’s probably scam.