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PlayStation scam warning

The Department of Internal Affairs’ Anti-Spam Compliance Unit is warning people they could be targeted by scammers following the theft of personal details on Sony’s PlayStation Network by hackers.

The Acting General Manager of Regulatory and Compliance Operations, Mike Hill, said the stolen data of names, addresses, email address, birth date, username, passwords and login and security questions means scammers know a lot about customers registered with Sony.

“This provides them with a fertile field for their scams so we are advising people to be particularly vigilant of anyone contacting them using this information,” Mike Hill said. “This could be by email or other electronic means.

“People need to review their online security particularly their passwords and secret questions and answers used to verify their identity. It’s never a good idea to use the same password and Q and As for all your online transactions.

“Scammers will do anything to rip you off, so it's important to be aware of the different kinds of scams circulating - especially if you use email or a mobile phone. Learn how to identify scams, so you can protect yourself and others from harm. Be suspicious - any offer that sounds too good to be true probably is, so don't be fooled!”

The Anti-Spam Compliance Unit provides useful information on its website for combating spam and scams.(go to: http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Services-Anti-Spam-Avoiding-Spam?OpenDocument)

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For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.

One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:

As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>

 

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