Police in Northern Ireland are urging the public to be vigilant after a Derry woman lost more than £20,000 in an online romance scam.
The report was made to police on Tuesday, October 15.
It was reported that the woman met the man, who claimed to be a soldier, online and after a period of time he asked her for money claiming his account was frozen.
The conman subsequently persuaded the woman to give him her online banking details, which he used to send money to various individuals.
The fraudster also persuaded the woman to give him other personal details so he could obtain further money from her.
In total, the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, lost just over £20,500.
Enquiries are continuing to establish what, if any of this money, can be recovered.
Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said: “No matter how big or small the amount of money is that a victim loses, every loss is felt by those targeted.
“However, this scam, where a victim has been swindled out of a significant amount of money, shows why it’s so important for people to be vigilant.
“This woman trusted this man who unfortunately was only after one thing – her money.
“That is devastating for her.
“If anything, this is a stark reminder of why it is so important for families to have conversations with their loved ones about scams.”