Police are urging members of the public to be vigilant and careful with their financial and personal details, following a series of ongoing frauds.
PC Stephanie Snell from Louth CID, is investigating a number of frauds in recent months where victims have lost thousands of pounds.
Offenders are obtaining card details by purporting to be calling from legitimate companies where the victims have made transactions, confirming details for a payment. The offender then uses the details for transactions without the victims knowledge.
The offenders have also been selling items on various sites and taking payment via bank transfer, or as a PayPal gift.
PC Snell said: “Please do not send money to someone you don’t know, regardless of how convincing the seller may be, or if they provide “proof” of postage.
“Please also be aware that PayPal payments sent as gifts are not covered by PayPal in the case of fraud and cannot be refunded by them.
“There have been a number of victims who have fallen prey to this method due to a lack of knowledge around this”.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please report this to police or Action Fraud in the first instance.