Rise In Online Scams Costs Millions; Together Let’s Fight Scams

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Scams online increased sharply as New Zealanders spent
more time on the internet. This Fraud Awareness Week (14 –
20 November), the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment’s (MBIE) Consumer Protection team is urging
people to protect one another by talking about scams,
sharing stories and reporting scams when they see
them.

Online scams and fraud cost people $4.5 million
in 2020/21 financial year, according to CERT NZ. More than
one in five reports (22 per cent) responded to by CERT NZ in
the year to 30 June 2021 were scams and frauds. The majority
of these were fraudulent online sales, but also included
relationship fraud.

MBIE Consumer Protection National
Manager Simon Gallagher says more people being online due to
COVID-19 and lockdowns has provided cyber criminals with…

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