HOP card scam comes knocking

16:00, Mar 05 2014

A possible scam involving unauthorised sales of a new transport card has prompted Auckland Transport to warn customers to be careful.

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

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, wearing a uniform and carrying Transdev identification.

These ticket inspectors also carry a device that reads the amount of credit on an AT HOP card, which customers can ask to see.

A group of three people has also been going door to door offering AT HOP cards for $20 cash. A couple was 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 says it does not have representatives selling cards door to door.

In both instances, witnesses have described the alleged offenders as young males, aged 18-30. They appear Indian in origin and were wearing hi-visibility vests with the word "Ticket" on the back.

Anyone approached by them should phone Auckland Transport on 09 355 3553.

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