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Beware of phone scam

Last updated 05:00 28/01/2014

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Foreign scammers are targeting Kiwis' generosity towards children in need.

The Child Cancer Foundation has been told scammer phone calls are being made to members of the public throughout New Zealand from people falsely claiming to be collecting money for it.

The caller is reported to have a foreign accent and is phoning from a call centre-type environment as there are other voices in the background. The foundation does not use foreign call centres.

Acting chief executive Simon Lala says it is disappointing that anyone would take advantage of children in their time of greatest need.

"That anyone could action such a scam for personal financial gain is baffling. Such actions are a sad indictment on some individuals," he says.

Police have been notified and advise members of the public to report any calls from people claiming to be collecting for the Child Cancer Foundation on the Scamwatch website consumeraffairs.govt. nz/scams.

The foundation aims to reduce the impact of cancer by offering support services 365 days of the year, ensuring children and their families are supported and well cared for at every stage of their journey.

The 2014 Child Cancer Appeal Month will for the third year run throughout the entire month of March.

The Beads of Courage Day street collection is on March 21. Go to childcancer.org.nz to find out more.

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- Manukau Courier

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