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The following messages are suspected scams the Department has been made aware of and are listed below to help you avoid them.
Links to scam web s have been removed and spaces have been added to addresses to ensure they do not become hyperlinks. Reported online scams from years Lotto Scam What is it? Individuals have been targeted by a large SMS text campaign claiming to offer them discounted Lotto tickets, or other cheap items such as the latest smartphone. While the SMS message listed above does not mention Lotto, if the target clicks the link it will redirect them to a well-constructed web advertising Lotto tickets at a discounted price.
The web will prompt the target to answer several questions before asking for credit card details. The scammer will then use this information to charge to the credit card or on-sell this information. What to look out for? They mention a competition, track and trace parcel, or other matter along with a randomised hyperlink. Never click a hyperlink in a spam message — even if it looks legitimate.
If you think it may be legitimate, double-check with the company that supposedly sent it through their official channels. For example, for the above Lotto messages, contact Lotto NZ directly via their official phone or address on their official website to verify.
BitFit Messages What is it? The Department has received numerous complaints about individuals being referred to a platform known as BitFit. At this stage the Department cannot confirm that individuals are being scammed however the information being shared on the site le the Department to advise against any engagement with this Platform as there is a high risk of financial loss.
The target will receive a text message with a link that directs to a web formatted as a news article outlining which outlines the financial benefits associated in investing in cryptocurrency through BitFit. Public reporting suggests that any money provided by the target is not invested in any way and the scammers will persistently SMS, and call the target enticing them to invest more. The SMS text message may use broken English with poor grammar that you would not expect from a legitimate company attempting to solicit business from the public.
Employment Scam What is it? Individuals have been targeted by phishing campaigns offering employment opportunities with reputable companies. In the above example, the appears to be sent from Shell Oil Company advertising a position of employment to the target.
The scammer requests personal information that you would typically expect throughout the process of employment however if the target was to engage with the sender the following scenarios would occur: 1. The sender would reply back with 1 or more attachments claiming these are an employment contract or other similar documentation. These attachments will contain harmful malware that if opened or executed will infect the targets computer.
The sender will continue to engage with the target and eventually offer employment to the target, ask them to complete documentation including personal information such as their bank details. The scammer may then sell-on this information. The sender will continue to Beautiful doll face dating personals waiting for you with the target and eventually offer employment to the target, asking them to pay a fee of some kind via credit card.
The scammer will use this information to charge to the credit card or sell-on the credit card information. This includes: 1. Research the company who appear to have offered a job. Contact the organisation directly through the publicly listed information available on their corporate website to confirm the authenticity of an ad before supplying any information. Call the New Zealand provided in the ad. In many cases scammers include fake New Zealand phone s.
Call the to check if there is a dial tone 3. Read the information contained in the comments of where the ad was posted to see if someone has already flagged this as fake or suspicious Help and Guidance If you have been targeted by an or text phishing campaign, you can report it to our team here. We have also created a factsheet that provides more information about what to do if you receive spam.
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