Marlborough Mid-Week : December 10th 2014
MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, DECEMBER 10, 2014 13 Scams abound in internet age T echnology has increased our knowledge and our ability to correspond with others around the world. We have social media, the inter- net and email, and we are able to connect around the world to people that we know and those we don’t. However on the other side of the coin, we have also been the subject of scams. These scams are annoying and frustrating for us. The Department of Internal Affairs deals with complaints in relation to scams. These scams come through dif- ferent mechanisms which include internet, emails, phone, fax and mail. In 2013, there were 6429 com- plaints compared with 4304 complaints in 2012 to the Department of Internal Affairs. In August 2013 Netsafe published that more than $4.4 million had been lost in the last 12 months to internet scams. The scams are varied, and scammers are working out how to scam you on daily basis. This can include selling items that do not exist, or tricking you to give them access to your computer, or requesting you to assist them by getting money out of a country. There are scams that can include cheap holiday deals, fantastic investment deals, and the chance to earn $10,000 a week. The confusing thing is that there are times that there are genuine cheap holiday deal and fantastic investment deals. One of the most famous scams is the Nigerian scam (however there are similar scams from other countries, saying similar things). The Nigerian scam is simply when the scammer contacts people saying that a wealthy family is looking to get their money out of the country and that if you assist, you will get a percentage of the money. However they will then come back saying that they need to bribe someone or have some money sent, and if you assist you will get that money back with the percentage. Of course you don’t get your money back. There are also email scams which say they are from a bank and they need to access your account. Another similar scam is one stating that they are from the FBI, and that your account has been used for fraudulent purposes but they need to have the details which include your pin number to track the individuals. The email also states that if they don’t get a response, they will have no other option but to arrest you. There are the scams that block your computer, and there was one that looked like it was from the New Zealand Police. This scam stated that they were blocking your computer from use, as you were using it for unlawful purposes, and to unblock the computer, you had to put in your card number. Some people did this, and it came up as wrong number, they tried again. What it did do was that their account was deducted the number of times they put in their number. This was of course not from the police as they are more likely to visit you rather than ask for money to unblock your computer. There is a phone scam, in which you are called to say that the scammer is from a certain phone company and that your phone is being used for illegal purposes. To sort this out you must pro- vide them with your details (such as bank account details) or pay a certain amount to clear your account. How to avoid scams If the offer is too good to be true, then it is. If the information is in an email it’s better to delete the email GIFT IDEAS... TBEK35999 TBEK46198 A genuine business will allow you the time to research them. ❝ especially if it has a link to it, as the link may have a virus connected to it. If you are not sure about the source of the email (even if it looks genuine) do some research before committing to anything. If the company is not listed or does not have a street address, then it may not be genuine. A genuine business will allow you the time to research them. When deciding on investments or work opportunities always get professional investment advice. Do not give your bank account details and definitely do not give your pin number to anyone. If you have any questions or want further information, the websites of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Department of Internal Affairs and New Zealand Police have information about scams. ❚ For any questions please contact Community Law Marlborough by phoning 03 577 9919. Get Around Gator $ 130.95 CPTBEK37775 Monster Treads Rev & Go (2 Pack) $ 21.95 TBEK46054 Farm Amour Shake n Sounds $ 54.95 EACH TBEK46152 Truck & Digger Big Scoop Set $ 54.95 Monster Treads Roar ‘n’ Rumble Tractor $ 45.95 Blenheim - Warwick St Ph 03 579 1111 www.gordonhandy.co.nz John Deere Hoodie Range FROM $ 39.95 While stocks last. All prices include GST and are valid until December 31st, 2014.
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