Scammers target lots of people, often for small amounts of money. Most scams come from overseas. But they may pretend to be locally based, from a reputable company, bank or government agency, or even from your friends on social media if they’ve hacked into your account. It is very difficult to get your money back once it is sent overseas.

To protect yourself, be informed and be on the alert for warning signs.

If you have been scammed Report it to Netsafe, the Orb (external link)

Useful advice from New Zealand Police, how to avoid scammers' tricks

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    How to spot and avoid identity theft and personal fraud, and what to do if your personal details have been stolen and used fraudulently.
  • Staying private and secure online

    How to protect yourself online and common online scams.
  • Spam and cyber bullying

    Your rights with spam and cyber bullying, and how to remove harmful content that affects you or your family online.