Fake email announces jobs may go

DAVE BURGESS
Last updated 05:00 12/06/2014

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The Retailers Association has confirmed that jobs may go in an organisational restructure but only after a bogus press statement was issued to The Dominion Post.

Association chief executive Mark Johnston said late yesterday that a consultation process was under way looking at a proposed restructure within the organisation.

"We have proposed some changes and there are some potential impacts on particular roles in the current structure. As with any process like this, no decisions will be made until we've engaged with the team."

The Dominion Post started chasing the story yesterday morning after a rogue email hit its inbox. The subject line read "Major restructuring proposed at New Zealand Retailers Association".

The email address it came from was designed to hide the fact that it had not come from the retail association. It said "a major restructuring plan involving disestablishing 18 of its 28 staff and contractors" had been announced.

The email concluded with a phoney quote from Johnston, his contact details, and a list of board members.

Johnston was thunderstruck when told of the fake email. "We haven't made any statements. At the moment it is purely internal. I am a wee bit surprised, actually."

He expected the structural review to be completed by the end of the month.

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