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Scammers trying to sell phony cards

Last updated 05:00 06/03/2014
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SCAM WARNING: Caution is being urged after a possible AT HOP card scam.

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A possible scam seeing the unauthorised sales of Auckland's transport card has Auckland Transport urging customers to be wary.

Passengers have been approached on trains by two people offering to sell AT HOP Cards for $20 cash and promising purchasers $50 credit would be loaded on to the card, Auckland Transport says.

"These cards had already been cancelled because they had previously been reported lost by customers."

Train passengers can purchase valid cards from Transdev ticket inspectors, who wear a uniform and carry Transdev identification.

"These ticket inspectors also carry a device that reads the amount of credit on an AT HOP card. Customers can ask to see this."

Auckland Transport says it is also aware of a Papatoetoe couple who were approached by a group of three people going door-to-door claiming to be representatives of the organisation.

They also offered to sell AT HOP cards for $20 cash.

"The couple were asked to fill in a fake application form and told the cards would be posted in due course. They paid the money and heard no more.

"Auckland Transport does not have representatives selling cards door to door.

Witnesses say the alleged offenders are men between the ages of 18 and 30 and of Indian heritage, Auckland Transport says.

They were wearing hi-visibility vests with the word "ticket" on the back.

Anyone approached by them should contact Auckland Transport on 355 3553. Police are also involved.

AT HOP is a reusable smart card which can be used for travel on trains, buses and ferries. Cards can be purchased online or from ticket offices at Britomart, Newmarket, New Lynn and Papakura train stations, AT customer service centres or at authorised retailers.

Go to tinyurl.com/ATHop Retailers to find an authorised seller or buy a card online.

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