Scams

Travel accommodation scams

Travel accommodation scams

It is now so easy to compare prices and book your travel online. From time to time we do come across instances of people taking advantage of others with travel accommodation/holiday booking scams. And it’s not just those who aren’t very tech-savvy getting caught out – it’s people of all ages and backgrounds.  Fortunately, there…

Common online scams

Common online scams

Online Scams That You Should Be Aware Of: 1. Cold calling scams While not technically an online scam, cold-calling scams are still one of the most reported scams we receive. Cold calling scams are run by scammers who contact you on your home phone. They may be trying to sell you a fake product or…

Event ticket scams

Event ticket scams

Event ticket scams happen when tickets to an event are purchased from an individual or through a third party ticket resale website. The buyer later finds out they have been charged hidden fees, the tickets aren’t legitimate or they don’t receive the tickets. Avoiding event ticket scams When buying tickets, check if the official ticketing…

Fake invoice scams

Fake invoice scams

Fake invoice scams happen when a scammer tries to get an individual or business to pay a fake invoice such as a debt collection notice or a general business invoice. This may be for a product or service that has never been requested or received, or it could be for a payment they are expecting…

Unsolicited goods

Unsolicited goods

We often receive reports of people receiving unsolicited goods. These are goods they haven’t ordered, and the company that sent them is demanding payment for the product. How does it work? The company has acquired personal details about a person (e.g. name, email and mailing address) and has sent a product to them they haven’t…

Employment scams

Employment scams

Netsafe continues to receive reports of employment scams including several where organisations have been impersonated on social media pages. Many scams will include accurate information and appear quite realistic at first glance. The people running these employment scams are pretending to be NZ employers and may be trying to get money or personal information from individuals….