Concern has been raised by authorities after a number of incidents have been reported of a woman befriending vulnerable Penwortham residents.
South Ribble Police are currently running an investigation, code-named Operation Chastity, which focuses on the safeguarding of vulnerable people.
Often vulnerable people, such as those with special needs or elderly residents, can be the targets of scam artists who use friendship to take advantage of their victims.
As part of the investigation, police have been tracking a number of reports involving a woman in her mid-thirties, who is thought to be taking advantage of people in the Penwortham area.
A spokesman for South Ribble Police said, “We are currently investigating incidents where a female in her mid-30s has been befriending people in the Penwortham area, who is taking advantage of their kindness with what we suspect is the intention of defrauding them financially. We are not only looking to bring this person to justice but are also working to prevent further victims.
“This is a matter we take very seriously so please contact the South Ribble Neighbourhood team if you are concerned about anyone who you believe is currently being , or has been taken advantage in this manner.
“You can contact the police via the traditional methods on the phone such as 101 and in an emergency, 999. However please also consider reporting incidents online on the Lancashire Police website through online services.”
To combat these types of crime, police are asking the public to be vigilant and keep an eye on vulnerable or elderly relatives who may be targeted.