Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Canterbury Police warn public to be wary of scams

Canterbury Police warn public to be wary of scams

Canterbury Police are urging the public to be vigilant for on-line and email scams in the wake of several recent complaints relating to fraudulent behaviour.

Detective Sergeant Craig Farrant from Canterbury Police’s Fraud Squad said people of all ages and backgrounds fall victim to false promises and fake offers. “No one in the community is immune from being a target. With the increased use of digital technology tech savvy people are increasing their risk and exposure to fraudulent online transactions and solicitations. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation by relatives and/or caregivers.”

“Retirees may have spare capital for investment or travelling more and booking holidays online. They may also, because of their current situation, have started buying goods online or be new to online dating. This makes them more vulnerable to online scams. Not all scams that target this demographic are online. Often they have cash on them and as they are more likely to be home during the day could become the victim of fraudulent cold callers.”

"If something seems too good to be true it probably is. Everyone needs to make sure an offer is genuine before they hand over any money whether it’s online or at your door. In real life one does not simply ‘become’ the long lost relative of a Nigerian Prince or magically win a lottery that they have never entered. It is almost impossible to recover money once it has been transferred or paid out. This is why prevention is the best cure – take time to look at the ‘offer’ and ask questions" explained Detective Sergeant Farrant.

The numbers and ways of being scammed are growing and it can be daunting trying to weed the scams from bona fide offers. Here are some tips to help you avoid being scammed:

• If something sounds too good to be true it usually is.

• Don't respond to letters or emails saying you won the lottery - you haven't - it is always a scam.

• Legitimate offers and sites never require you to withdraw your money from your bank and send it through money transfer services such as Western Union.

• Research a ‘deal’ or ‘investment opportunity’ to make sure it is genuine before parting with any money.

• Talk to trusted friends and family members or if it is an investment opportunity, a qualified financial expert. This may involve a fee but it could prevent you losing your life-savings.

• Don't get pressured into making a decision.

If a genuine person is offering you a bona-fide deal they will wait for you to check it out and often encourage you to do so before.

• Before paying any money remember it is unlikely you will get it back if it is a scam.

• If you are purchasing items online make use of systems such as PayPal.

• Check www.scamwatch.govt.nz for advice on how to protect yourself, receive scam alerts or to report a scam.

You can prevent anyone else being a victim of a scam by reporting it straight away. While you may not get your money back you may just prevent the scammer from getting hold of anyone else’s.

If you or someone you know has been scammed report it to Police (03 363 7400), Netsafe New Zealand www.netsafe.org.nz and Scamwatch www.scamwatch.govt.nz as soon as possible.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On What Lessons The Greens Should Take From The Demise Of Winston Peters

Wondering about “if only" is one of those political games we all indulge in from time to time. For example: episode one of the latest season of The Good Fight TV series dropped us into a world where Hillary Clinton is the US President and Elizabeth Warren and Merrick Garland are Supreme Court justices, where rain forests are being saved and polar bears are coming back from extinction. Yet alarmingly, people keep on having these bad dreams about Donald Trump being the President... More>>

 


Referendum Preliminary Results: 'Yes' On End-Of-Life, 'No' On Recreational Cannabis

End of Life Choice Referendum The referendum asked the question: 'Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?' 65.2% Yes 33.8% No 1.0% Informal VOTES NUMBER OF VOTES RECEIVED PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL VOTES Yes 1,574,645 65.2% ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>

ALSO:


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

Election: ParityBOT_NZ Processed Nearly 200,000 Tweets To Find And Fight Online Abuse Over The NZ Election

Auckland, New Zealand: Of the almost 200,000 tweets directed at women candidates that Areto Labs’ proprietary election Twitter bot, ParityBOT_NZ, processed over the New Zealand election period, nearly 4,000 were classified as toxic and triggered ... More>>

Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>

ALSO:

Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels