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Northland Courier / Card Skimming Scam

Northland Courier / Card Skimming Scam

NZBA statement – 1 May 2008

The New Zealand Bankers’ Association has been made aware that bank customers in Northland and Auckland are being targeted by scammers for credit and debit card details and is advising the public to be wary of suspicious callers.

According to information provided by the Police, representatives of clubs & societies in Northland and Auckland are being called by persons expressing an interest in joining the organisation or providing items of interest to the club. The representatives are then told a courier driver will deliver the information or a package of articles, which must be paid for by EFTPOS.

We understand that paying in this manner is not standard practice for courier companies. It is also apparent that the portable EFTPOS device used by the scammers is more than likely to be a skimming device capturing and recording card details. Then very quickly, the information is being used to obtain cash from Automatic Teller Machines in Australia.

Our advice to the public in the area is to make sure they know the identity of the courier company making the delivery, that they request official identification from the courier driver, and if they are still suspicious to call the Police.


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