Scammers claim to be IRD ‘John Key scheme’
Scammers claiming to be from Wellington’s Inland Revenue Department are targeting New Zealanders with a new scam.
Victims receive a phone call from an overseas call centre and are told that they have been chosen to receive money from a ‘John Key scheme’.
Victims are asked to fill in a form and send $149, via Western Union, to claim their ’fund’. They are then instructed to go online to download a piece of software. The software launches malicious software onto their computer. This gives scammers remote access to the victim’s computer files.
There is no ‘John Key Scheme’. If you receive this phone call, put the phone down. Do not send any money, or follow any other instructions the caller may give you.