Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Police warn of online scams

Police warn of online scams

Counties Manukau Police are urging members of the public to proceed with caution when getting involved in romance or investment deals online after finding two individuals who have fallen victim to age-old internet scams.

This week, two unrelated victims have presented to Police separately after each sending $75,000 to a scammer in Malaysia. The scammer has used the same bank account for deposits in both cases, yet the scams were different.

“One of the victims believed she was in a relationship with a New Zealand man temporarily living in Malaysia,” says Detective Matthew Kay of Counties Manukau Police Financial Investigation Unit. “He said that he was the victim of a robbery and required money for hospital treatment and other bills before he could return to New Zealand.

“The other victim sent money on the promise that it would all be returned with interest following the acquisition of a contract in Malaysia.”

Some of the payments were made through local banks; others were made through Western Union. Both victims became suspicious of the scams after more and more money was requested, with one victim even being asked to sell her house to free up funds.

“Both of these victims had early suspicions of a scam but continued with the payments until they reached $75,000. Unfortunately the use of legitimate overseas bank accounts or a long-standing online relationship does not in any way imply a legitimate transaction will be made. Once the money has been transferred overseas, it is very difficult to trace,” says Detective Kay.

Police believe that these two scams are linked to the same individual or organisation based out of Malaysia and advise anyone who is communicating online with anyone requesting money should contact Police before proceeding with a payment.

“The photographs used in the romance scam have been sourced from the internet and are well known among romance scams around the world. You should be aware that although you have been sent multiple photos, this is not the individual who you are communicating with.”

Websites are available which show galleries of photographs known to be used in current romance scams around the world. Some of the photographs provided to the victim, claimed by a scammer to be a New Zealand man living in Malaysia, were found on one of these sites.

“Police advise everyone to carefully consider who they are sending money to, particularly when using money transfer services such as Western Union. You should only send money to someone you know, such as family or a friend. Do not send money to someone you have met online or don’t know personally.”

Anyone who thinks they might be involved in a scam or knows someone involved in a scam is advised to contact Police immediately on 09 262 9121 (Counties Manukau Police Financial Investigation Unit). Information can be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections to run the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. More>>

National Party Conference: Plans To Nudge Immigrants Towards Regions

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections: Serco Relieved Of Control At Mt Eden Prison, Retains Contract

Multi-national private prison operator Serco has been forced to hand back control of Auckland's Mt Eden remand prison to the Department of Corrections, which has used a 'step-in' clause in its contract with Serco following a string of increasingly serious allegations about contraband, prisoner injuries and a death. More>>

ALSO:

Other Experiments: Failing Charter School Stays Open 'For Kids'

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she has given Te Pumanawa o te Wairua in Northland a chance to continue operating because of her concerns about finding other educational opportunities for its students. More>>

ALSO:

Prisoner Voting Ban: Court Finds Law Inconsistent With Bill Of Rights

Greens: National needs to immediately bring legislation to the House which lifts the ban on the right of prisoners to vote, said the Green Party. The High Court today ruled that the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Act 2010, which stops prisoners from voting, is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news