Positive Ageing – Don’t be scammed this festive season

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Positive Ageing – Don’t be scammed this festive season

New versions of old scams are constantly appearing, especially at this time of year as we approach the festive season. It’s important you know how to recognise a scam before it’s too late.

Scammers may make contact by email, phone call or through Facebook, pretending to be from a well-known organisation, bank or government agency.

If you feel at all suspicious, follow your instinct. Hang up the phone, don’t open dubious emails and don’t be tricked into making a payment, or giving over financial or personal information.

Remember, legitimate banks or businesses do not ask for passwords and bank account numbers. It’s also important that you never send money to claim a ‘prize’ as this is also a scam.

The phone call claiming that a computer virus is infecting your home computer is another scam - hang up and never reveal a password or any other personal details.

If you suspect a scam make sure you report it to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Consumer Protection, Ph: 0508 638 723, available 8.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday, and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm at weekends.