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We’re lonely, greedy and have little self-confidence

It seems Kiwis are lonely, greedy and have little self-confidence, hence they are victims of online scammers promising love and money.

Police are advising people to be on their guard after a fresh spate of investment and romance scams have proved costly for unsuspecting victims duped out of large amounts of money.

A number of serious fraud complaints have sparked police investigations after New Zealanders transferred money into offshore accounts in sophisticated scams.

The latest to cause alarm include an investment scam where people are cold-called from Hong Kong or China and offered shares in well-known companies offering large returns.   Read more »

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Scammer Alert

Scammer Alert.

Scamming the Scammers

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN… THE BREAD!

“Greetings in Jesus’ name, dear friend, I am the widow of Idi Amin.”

Chances are, you’ve received a scam e-mail like that more than once.

The relative of a rich African dictator is trying to reclaim a lost fortune, or a famous person is trapped somewhere with a billion dollar inheritance just out of reach. They need your help — OK, more specifically, a few thousand dollars of your cash — to get started.

Those e-mail cons often originate in West Africa, and are commonly referred to as “419 scams,” after the applicable section of Nigeria’s penal code. Thousands of people around the world fall for these scams each year, and some victims lose thousands of dollars in the process.

But there’s a growing online community of people called scambaiters who seek revenge against 419 scammers.

When they receive a 419 e-mail, instead of deleting, they reply — then they proceed to waste as much of the scammer’s time as possible. Often, scambaiters will try to humiliate the Internet con artists by tricking them into creating photos, videos, or audio recordings which can later be posted on scambaiter Web sites as “trophies.”

Mike Berry has been scambaiting for years. In that time, he has posed as a priest, a pirate, a scientific researcher —even an adult-video impresario. He has published the long and often hysterical e-mail chains between him and the scammers he taunts on his Web site, and some are collected in his book: Greetings in Jesus Name! The Scambaiter Letters. But Mike insists that the site has become more than just a good joke for him; he sees it as a way to keep criminals harmlessly occupied, so they won’t be able to scam real victims.

Mike manages one of many online “scambaiting” sites, 419eater.com, where he and others mentor aspiring scambaiters.

“Scambaiting is not a sport you want to jump into without previous knowledge,” he says.

And he doesn’t recommend trying this at home. Even experienced scambaiters are in danger when angry Internet con-men realize they’ve been had.

“The golden rule is: Do not give out any real information whatsoever — your name or your e-mail, the country you live in,” he cautions. “The scammer who’s writing you may live 3,000 miles away, but he may have friends who live near you, and these are not people you want to mess with.”

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Special Investigation: Charity begins at home

A MAJOR question mark is hanging over a new charity initiative that aims to raise nearly $150 million to alleviate child poverty and animal cruelty – while at the same time lining the pockets of the people behind the campaign.

The New Zealand Network Charity has announced plans for what it describes as a ‘unique and innovative fundraising campaign” offering $2 million worth of ‘rewards’ to those who sign up to support the charity by becoming ‘network members’.

The plans are remarkably ambitious to say the least.

At present, the charity only has four businesses signed up to the scheme and none of the $2 million it is offering in reward incentives.

Under the proposal, it is aiming to raise $146 million from 400,000 ‘network members’ who’ll be charged $365 a year to belong to the charity. In order to generate interest, the charity is offering a ‘Member with Rewards’ programme offering ‘hundreds of thousands of rewards’ to those who support the charity.

The plan is for that money to go into child poverty and animal cruelty programmes along with a $6 million head lice eradication campaign in schools.

The company that supplies the head lice product, U-Go Lice, is part owned by Angela Sothern, the woman behind the charity.

She claims not to be driven by profit but the ‘distressing cry ringing throughout New Zealand to help children living in poverty’.   Read more »

Want a free phone? Don’t fall for this scam

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The case of a Hokitika resident who received an unsolicited new cellphone in the mail from south-east Asia recently serves as a warning, police said today.

The man received the phone in a parcel from Malaysia about a week ago. Read more »

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IRD Scam warning

This needs a wider audience

A woman says she was almost swindled out of nearly $1000 by a “very well-rehearsed” scammer claiming to be from Inland Revenue and demanding payments.

IRD says it’s looking into the scam after it received at least 18 reports of scammers calling people claiming to be from the IRD, including a man who says he’s been duped out of $6500 by the scammers.

Clara Iqbal told TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning that a man phoned yesterday and said he was the chief investigating officer at the IRD and that there was a warrant out to arrest her as she owed $987 “and if I didn’t pay within 24-hours they would take me to court which could cost thousands”.

The problem is that this will fluster people into complying.

Ms Iqbal said the scammer knew all of her details and even appeared to be calling from an IRD number.

The scammers have managed to spoof IRD’s 0800 number, making it seem a legitimate call on caller ID.

Knowing everything about someone… well, you know, welcome to being an idiot and putting your life on the Internet.  But the spoofing of an 0800 number?  That’s something else altogether.     Read more »

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Sure you are

I just received this email, pretty sure it is legit…I mean they have branches in the UK, M alaysia and Ghana…what do readers think?

They are reccommended by the general loan lending commission after all…surely it is safe?

I wonder what their fees are? Seems a real bargain.

This is a general notification to the public. We are a reputable and
legitimate loan lender company in United Kingdom,Malaysia and Ghana.We
give out all kinds of loans, such as personal loans,commercial loans,
business loans, investment loans, etc. We offer long and short terms loan
services with an affordable interest rate of 3% only. We offer the best
loan services on the internet,because our loan services are very genuine
and efficient.

We have also been awarded by the general loan lending commission as the
best loan company on the internet. For details about our loan services,
contact us via email for more informations.To apply, send down the details
below to this email: infoitipprimeinancelendigin@uk-ntwestbnonline.com

1. Names in full :
2. Country of Residence/Address :
3. Amount :
4. Duration Of Loan :
5. Age:
6.Phone Number:
7.Applicant Address:

We look forward to your patronage.
Regards

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Where in the world is Pearl Going? – She's Back

Pearl Going is a con-woman. She travels around spinning incredible yarns about how important, connected and famous she is. The simple fact is she is just a dirty little cheat.

The last escapade I blogged about was when she tried to con Kaimata Lodge in the South Island. She was run out of town and despite much bluster and useless threats she disappeared.

Well, she is back. In Auckland. And Naked.

She finally surfaced sans clothes and at Mollies. I just bet she spun them a line too.

Photo by Calypso Paoli