Thames Valley Police and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit have today (27/7) conducted warrants at four properties in Milton Keynes.
As a result of the warrants, three people from Milton Keynes have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering, conspiracy to defraud and drugs offences.
A 29-year-old man, a 28-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy remain in custody for the time being.
Searches are being conducted and Thames Valley Police continue to investigate.
Senior investigating officer, Duncan Wynn Head of Thames Valley Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “We have conducted warrants this morning in Milton Keynes in connection with an investigation into money laundering.
“The warrants have led to three arrests being made. Searches are ongoing at the properties in order to gather further evidence for our ongoing investigation. At this time we believe this money laundering operation is linked to potential romance fraud."
“Romance fraud is an area of crime where often people think they have met the perfect partner online or through an app, but the person they are in conversation with is using a fake profile to gain their trust in order to ask them for money or potentially steal their identity.
“Thames Valley Police will continue to seek to bring to justice those who callously target victims in order to take away their hard earned money and savings.
"We would encourage people to read our Romance Fraud Guide, which explains to people how these criminals operate and what information they might be asking for in order to target their victims."
If you or someone you know has been a victim of romance fraud you should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or you can report online.