More than €15,000 was stolen from someone in the New Ross district who fell prey to a romance scam.
The romance fraud – run from abroad – saw an individual liaise with a local resident for a period of time, prior to suggesting that he or she needed money.
When the money was sent recently into the individual’s account contact was broken off.
"An online relationship built up and there was a play made by one party for cash. I don’t know the ins and outs of it, it could have been for health, travel or education purposes,” said New Ross Superintendent Jarlath Duffy.
"These victims feel obliged to hand over money and do so willingly, but there is a deception involved.”
Supt Duffy said investigating such crimes can be very complex as the perpetrators invariably live abroad.
He said the station has been inundated with calls about online and text scam, with few regarding phone calls.
New Ross Garda Station can be contacted on 051 426030.