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"Fraud Awareness Week 15 – 21 November – Stop and Think…Is this for real, why would you want to give ME money?"
New Zealand Police want your attention for Fraud Awareness Week.
Fraud Awareness Week is an opportunity for organisations and individuals to discuss the impacts of fraud and how to protect themselves.
“New Zealanders continue to lose significant amounts of money to scammers every year.
It’s an issue that not only affects people from all walks of life but takes many forms,” says Detective Superintendent Iain Chapman, National Manager, Financial Crime Group.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are from, anyone is likely to be approached by a scammer - it’s more common than you think."
NZ Police's Financial Intelligence Unit estimates New Zealanders lose $20-30 million annually to scams. In the United States, the estimated annual losses are $US650 million.
"Many people who have been scammed are too proud to make a complaint, as they may feel embarrassed or silly about getting 'sucked in'," says Detective Superintendent Chapman.
"As a result, a significant number of these scams are grossly under-reported.
It’s believed millions are lost each year and never reported."
“Police, along with our partner agencies, continue to encourage you to take the time to stop and think for a minute when you're confronted with a possible scam situation - especially when you are contacted unexpectedly and asked for your personal information."
"It doesn’t have to be something as clichéd as a prince or princess in a foreign country offering to deposit money into your account - it can be more subtle and clever and anyone can get caught out."
"Sadly, scammers are getting smarter and their scams are becoming more sophisticated."
"They are preying on people’s insecurities, and in some instances, appealing to people's desire for some 'easy' financial gain - for example, by promising cash for helping the scammer do something."
"What you need to ask yourself is: 'Is this for real? Why would you want to give me money? There must be a catch?'"
“There usually is," says Detective Superintendent Chapman.
"The catch is you getting scammed."
HOW TO AVOID A SCAM:
• A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you to ask for your PIN, password or to move money to another account.
• Never click on a link in an unexpected email or text – you could be giving access to your personal and financial details.
• Always question uninvited approaches in case it is a scam.
Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
• Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic – just because someone knows your basic details (name and address, or mother’s maiden name) it doesn’t mean they are genuine.
• Don’t be rushed into making a decision or financial transaction on the spot – a genuine bank or trusted organisation would never do this.
• Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then it generally is.
If you believe you are the victim of a scam you can contact Police and report the matter via 105.
Visit scamwatch.govt.nz for more information on how you can prevent yourself, family and friends from being scammed.
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I have been informed by my bank (BNZ) that they will no longer accept cheques as of July 2021. I don't have many options for alternatives as ANZ, ASB, Westpac and Kiwibank have all announced similar cut-off dates.
I generally have eftpos facilities with me, which I hope will be a good alternative for many.
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Things keep changing. Which I guess is because putting an entire country into lock-down isn't something that people are experienced at doing.
So, while my workshop is closed, I now am able to attend Essential Businesses or people working from home.
For everyone else, I can still be contacted my phone for advice or maybe remote support, but you might need to leave a message on the machine. ...
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Apart from when I first started the page and company, I never went after "likes" as I was too busy giving great service to people. However, many thanks to all those who have liked this page as we hit 300 likes total. ...
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NZ Transport Agency is warning people to be on the lookout for a scam vehicle licence (rego) email currently in circulation.
While the email appears to be a standard vehicle licensing (rego) renewal reminder, with the NZ Transport Agency logo and links to the online transaction website, it is part of a sophisticated phishing exercise. The phishing email also comes from an email address with an nzta.co.nz suffix, rather than nzta.govt.nz.
If you’ve recently received an email asking you to renew your rego, please check the email details carefully. If the email was genuinely sent from the Transport Agency, it will include your specific vehicle details including:
• your vehicle’s plate number
• vehicle make
• the expiry date of your current vehicle licence.
If the email does not include your specific vehicle details, do not complete the online renewal transaction webpage that the email takes you to. If you think you’ve received a scam email, or you’re unsure, please call NZTA on 0800 108 809.
For more info visit: www.nzta.govt.nz/media-releases/nz-transport-agency-warning-customers-to-be-on-guard-against-emai... ...
I think everyone has received an email from a bank, an internet company, or someone else that looks really legitimate but isn't. If in any doubt, delete it, or call the company that sent it to you to confirm.Phishing emails can look and feel legitimate. They use the same design and logos as the company or organisation they’re pretending to be, and the same kind of language.
It's so important to stop and think - 'Is this for real?'
This week is Fraud Awareness Week so check out our top tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
I've decided that moving isn't much fun. Well, packing equipment that is still needed to help customers creates all sorts of issues. So far so good.
Remember, as of 2 December we'll be at 7 Kenrick St, Te Aroha. ...
Timeline PhotosIf you ever receive an unsolicited text from your bank or service provider asking you to verify your identity or provide personal information, it may be a scam.
Stop and think - 'Is this for real?'
This week is Fraud Awareness Week so check out our top tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe
My previous post referenced some old suburb names in Te Aroha. That was just me being rather obscure 🙂
We are moving to 7 Kenrick St. It is on the corner of Kenrick and Koromiko and many people will know the building as St Mark's Vicarage. The move will happen at the end of this month, and I'm hoping it will all go smoothly.😁 ...
Police 👮♀️ vs Scammers 🚫
It can be tough knowing that there is a high chance that beautiful necklace you want to buy over Facebook is not real.
We recently had a victim in the Waikato who had been scammed 3 times, by the same person, trying to buy the same product, losing $1,000 in the process.
Scamming Red Flags:
🚩The seller is being pushy.
🚩The seller asks for too many personal details.
🚩The items are too good to be true.
🚩The price is too good to be true.
If you’re surfing the web 🏄♂️ and in the process of purchasing something consider the following tips to stay safe:
✅Never give away personal information.
✅Complete the transaction in person with cash when possible.
✅Screenshot every conversation and the persons details.
✅Do not trust everyone over the internet.
We deal with cases of online scammers every day, but we know there are many more incidents out there that are not being reported.
An online crime, is the same as an offline crime and you can absolutely report it to us so that we can help you. 💪
I recently had a chance to try internet access via a 4G Wireless modem. I won't mention the ISP, but as only 2 offer this service, you have a 50/50 chance of guessing right 🙂
It's not perfect as 4G was really designed for cell phones, but in areas where ADSL or VDSL isn't available, then 4G Wireless is a good option. It works well, is fast enough for general use, and can even provide a VOIP phone connection. (If you don't know what VOIP is, then you probably don't need it).
For rural people, it provides some competition to Lightwire (aka No 8 wireless) or Farmside. It comes down to who has the nearest tower to you, and thus the fastest speed.
Of course, we'd all love to have fibre (aka UFB). But for Te Aroha, that's next year. ...