Alternatively, those targeted by the scam can contact Action Fraud, the UK’s scam watchdog, to report their case.
Superintendent Sanjay Andersen, head of the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, has warned that social media exposes people to the constant threat of fraudsters.
The scam expert explained: “Criminals hack into people’s email and social media accounts to gain access to a wealth of valuable personal information about the individual, which they can use to commit fraud.
“This includes passwords for other accounts like online banking. Criminals also use compromised accounts to impersonate the victim online and trick their family and friends into sending money.