ALERT – Email SCAM targeting Maori (and how to stay safe)

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Whanau, just a heads up, there is an email scam circulating at present targeting Maori.

An email was received yesterday pretending to be Aunty Ranui Ngarimu from a fake yahoo account in her name.

It started with “Kia ora”, and then was similar to other email scams trying to seek funds due to being stranded in Madrid.

Then it signed off as Ranui. I have spoken to Aunty Ranui and she wanted me to get the word out as it also stole all of her email contacts 🙁

A reader told suggested that this was “a worry that the scammers are now using our reo to try and gain authenticity”.

Considering the recent jailing of a prominent Maori lawyer who was tricked into paying over $800K to an “unclaimed inheritance” scam – anyone who doesn’t do their homework, is new to the internet or who is gullible, is at risk, in particular our kaumatua, tamariki and rangatahi. Please keep your whanau safe, let them know what to watch out for

If you need to send money to someone you dont know well, you may be putting yourself at risk for fraud.

  • Never send money to a stranger using a money transfer service.
  • Beware of deals or opportunities that seem too good to be true.
  • Dont use money transfer services to pay for things like online auction purchases.
  • Never send or use money to pay for taxes or fees on foreign lottery winnings.
  • Never send or use a money transfer, in the name of a friend or relative, with the intention of changing the name to someone you have not met personally.
  • Never send or use a money transfer, in the name of a friend or relative, in order to delay payment of the transaction to someone you have not met personally.
  • Never send or use a money transfer to pay to get MORE “unclaimed monies”

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