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Multiple people have reported being "scammed" out of money by a young woman on Facebook - sparking a police investigation.

Residents in Herne Bay say they sent money, food, and items such as nappies to the mum, after she said she was struggling.

Police are investigating. Stock image
Police are investigating. Stock image

But police say it is not yet clear whether any crime has taken place.

One woman said she had been "scammed" out of more than £200 in cash, and £40 worth of food.

"I felt I was helping someone lost in the system, but it got to the point where I was constantly sending money that I needed for myself," she said.

"I stopped sending money and instead just gave her advice.

"I gave her food bank details along with other charities and every time was an excuse as to why they weren’t of any help."

Others reported sending the woman food deliveries, taking her food shopping, and giving her cash.

One woman said: "In my head I knew it was a scam but my heart couldn’t let a baby go hungry so I sent her a food shop. I did then find out lots of people had sent her money and taken her food shopping."

Others have praised the generous town spirit the incident has highlighted.

One commenter said: "I just want to say that what is remarkable to me about all this is the kindness and generosity of so many people in this town.

"I’m so proud to live in a town with so many caring and kind people in it. I’d far rather that than a town where nobody cared for those in need."

Police say they are now investigating the situation.

A spokesman said: "Kent Police was contacted on Tuesday, May 3, and made aware of instances of possible fraud in the Herne Bay area.

"Initial enquiries are under way to determine the circumstances surrounding the incidents and whether any criminal offences have taken place."

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