Banking Ombudsman calls for ‘urgent collaboration’ to combat online scams


Banks, social media companies, government agencies and police urgently need to collaborate to tackle a rise in so-called “romance” scams and online fraud, the Banking Ombudsman says.

The ombudsman is calling for a review of the current framework when it comes to bank processes and consumer protections for scams.

A Stuff investigation revealed at least three New Zealand women, Joanne, Donna, and Samantha – not their real names – have been tricked into giving more than $2 million between them to men they met through the online dating app Tinder in near-identical cons.

Police say millions of dollars a year are being swindled from women in romance scams, believed to be run by organised criminal groups based offshore.

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