A new scam

September 10th, 2012 at 12:53 pm by David Farrar

Consumer Affairs reports:

Scammers claiming to be from Wellington’s Inland Revenue Department are targeting New Zealanders with a new scam.

Victims receive a phone call from an overseas call centre and are told that they have been chosen to receive money from a ‘ scheme’.

Victims are asked to fill in a form and send $149, via Western Union, to claim their ’fund’. They are then instructed to go online to download a piece of software. The software launches malicious software onto their computer. This gives scammers remote access to the victim’s computer files.

There is no ‘John Key Scheme’. If you receive this phone call, put the phone down. Do not send any money, or follow any other instructions the caller may give you.

Must the height of success, when even the scammers try to use your name!

Of course the IRD never call people up to offer them money.

The scam sounds a bit like Working for Families. You think you are getting some money for nothing, but in reality you have paid for the money through your taxes!

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10 Responses to “A new scam”

  1. my 2 cents (1,091 comments) says:

    Yes absolutely right WFF is yet another scam.
    One John Key does support as he hasn’t cancelled it as the rort it is has he?

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  2. KiwiGreg (3,259 comments) says:

    A fool and his money are soon parted, but how did they ever get acquianted in the first place?

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  3. hj (7,063 comments) says:

    I got a call today from a machine. The phone was passed to me and I missed the first part but was going on about insurance and “many don’t” (something) before I hung up..

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  4. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Every Kiwi know there’s nothing coming from John Key.

    40,000 hungry children agree.

    IRD attacks business and Key will introduce carbon tax which will totally cripple the economy.

    Why would anyone believe a politician is giving something away. How can you base a scam on that ????

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  5. Grizz (610 comments) says:

    Hj, I think I got the same call. I never got past the first 2 sentences before I hung up in disgust.

    By the way, is anyone still getting calls from an Indian Call centre telling you that your computer is broken? I got one the other day, kept them on the phone for 15 minutes before dropping the bombshell that I was fucking with them. I got an earful, but it was worth it.

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  6. beautox (422 comments) says:

    I find the best approach is to say “can you just hold on a moment – I’ve got something on the stove” then put the phone to one side. Go back 10 minutes later to see if they are still holding : “Are you still there?” If they reply, say “Just a moment”. I’ve had one stupid caller stay on the line for 30 minutes.

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  7. wreck1080 (3,956 comments) says:

    Actually, often with WFF someelse has paid for your money through taxes.

    I hate WFF. Partly because I earn over the threshold yet I see rich farmer buddies who rake in the WFF.

    I never understood how people could fall for such scams. But, then again, I don’t get why people spend so much on lotto either, but I guess the dummies who failed probability theory are probably right up there.

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  8. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    That’s why I keep a referee whistle by the phone :-)

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  9. Manolo (14,044 comments) says:

    Yes absolutely right WFF is yet another scam.
    One John Key does support as he hasn’t cancelled it as the rort it is has he?

    Hell will freeze over before our great “leader” and corageous PM abandons this “socialism by stealth” money merry-go-round.

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  10. Ross Miller (1,706 comments) says:

    hinamanu .. please authenticate your statement that John Key will introduce a carbon tax. More rationale people would acknowledge that Labour introduced an ETS which was modified by National to help our the farming community to the benefit of all NZrs.

    As for feeding 40,0o0 kids. Pray tell what part responsible and caring parents pay in the equation.

    Stupidity rules ok in your post.

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