Fraudsters are targeting unsuspecting victims online as part of advance fee fraud.

Gardai have issued a warning as individuals and businesses have been swindled out of money by scammers offering “unsecured loans” online.

A spokesperson on the Meath Crime Prevention Facebook page said: “There are a number of websites offering un-secured loans which target the more vulnerable. This is sometimes very attractive because it offers loans which are processed quickly and without fuss.”

The victim will receive a call or message saying their loan application has been approved with details of the amount of the loan and the monthly repayment.

They are then asked to send a small amount of money to the lender in advance of the loan amount being issued.

This request is disguised as an up-front fee or to pay for personal protection insurance on the loan amount.

The spokesperson continued: “Unfortunately, when this is done no loan monies are ever issued and the…

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