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

 

Don’t Get Spoofed by Phone Scams

21 JUNE 2016

Don’t Get Spoofed by Phone Scams

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has become aware of a new wave of scam phone calls from individuals claiming to be working for INZ.

The scam appears to target a variety of nationalities, including Indian and Fijian nationals. INZ is currently assessing the extent of the problem, but since the beginning of June INZ has received about 180 complaints from customers who have been contacted by a scam caller.

These call scams typically involve fraudsters deceiving people into believing they are speaking to an INZ staff member who demand payment from people to avoid deportation or arrest. Usually, the caller will quote reference numbers that appear to reference INZ applications, but are false. There also seemed to be instances where the caller is asking for payment in the form of iTunes vouchers.

INZ Area Manager Michael Carley says that often the fraudsters have some details of the person they are speaking to such as their name or address.

“Fraudsters can be cunning in their tactics and may call from what appears to be a legitimate phone number when the call is actually made from another number. This technology is known as ID spoofing scams.” Mr Carley says.

“I want to be clear that these calls are not from INZ, we would never ring someone and demand money or the purchase of iTunes vouchers over the phone. To ensure you don’t fall prey to this type of scam, never give your personal details out in response to such a call or rely on the caller ID as a means of identification. If you think you have been victim to one of these calls it is important to report it to the Police or to Scamwatch.”

Consumer Protection Manager, Mark Hollingsworth says: “Scammers are constantly looking for ways to seek your personal information in order to profit. To protect yourself, get to know about the common types of scams and typical red flags you should be looking out for on Consumer Protection’s Scamwatch page. Be wary of unexpected calls or texts seeking your personal information and do not pay money to anyone you have not met. If in doubt, hang up and report it straight away to help prevent others from becoming the next victim of a scam.”

Further details of variations on this scam, along with advice on what to do if you think you have been the victim of a scam, can be found on Consumer Protection’s Scamwatch page.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Dice Are Loaded Against Women In Public Life

If they enter public life, women can expect a type of intense (and contradictory) scrutiny that is rarely applied to their male counterparts. If they are relatively young and conventionally attractive, such women will tend to be written off as lightweights – yet if they’re older and obviously competent, doubts will then tend to be raised about their “electability” and whether they are “warm” and “likeable” enough to connect with voters. Too conventionally feminine or not conventionally feminine enough? Too cold and too cerebral, or too warm and flighty to be seriously considered for high public office? For women in the public spotlight, the Goldilocks moments (when things are just right) are few and far between. More>>


 
 

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels