Police are investigating a number of complaints about a Facebook scam which has seen victims lose thousands of dollars. (File photo).

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Police are investigating a number of complaints about a Facebook scam which has seen victims lose thousands of dollars. (File photo).

Scammers are cloning Facebook profiles of their victim’s family and friends in order to trick them into providing money, banking and credit card details.

Police are investigating a number of complaints about the scam, particularly in Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatū, and Southland, and believe there may be more victims who haven’t come forward

One person, from Southland, has reported losing more than $55,000 in the scam.

In a statement, police said victims of the scam are being misled by fake Facebook accounts which appear to belong to their friends or family members.

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