THREE people have been arrested and charged in Essex, Kent and Northumberland in connection with a high value cyber-enabled fraud which targeted a woman in Aberdeen.

The fraud compromised the victim's online finances, resulting in a five-figure sum of money being stolen.

An investigation was carried out by officers from North East Division's Cyber-Enabled Crime Team, resulting in warrants being executed at properties across England.

Two men, aged 31 and 26, and a 22-year-old woman have been arrested and charged and will appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court at a later date.

A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Detective sergeant Dave Williamson, of the Cyber-Enabled Crime Team, said: “Police Scotland is committed to tackling cyber-enabled organised crime.

“Organised crime groups use technology to target victims, whom are often the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

“If you, or anyone you know, has been a victim of cyber-enabled crime, the circumstances can be reported to Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”