It’s estimated that more than $400m flows out of New Zealand every year due to an international network of scammers targeting innocent and quick to trust Kiwis.
If you’ve ever sold your car online, tried out online dating websites or thought about giving a donation to charity – for example in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake – there’s a good chance someone will have tried to part you from your hard earned cash.
Discover the hooks used by online fraudsters
NetSafe has built the Scam Machine website (www.scammachine.org.nz) to let you learn about online scams whilst having fun.
The site lets you build a news story based around someone you know, putting them at the centre of a online scam story.
Once you have made your selections, added some information, you can watch the story unfold on video, with your friend right in the thick of it.
Share the video news story to educate friends and family about how easy it is to fall for requests to send money offshore by wire transfer.