Dunedin man loses $9000 in bank scam
A Dunedin man could only watch as a scam artist stole $9000 from his bank account.
The victim received a call to his landline from a person claiming they were from ANZ on February 21.
The caller asked if the man had transferred money to Australia, as the transaction looked suspicious, Sergeant Rene Aarsen said.
Believing the call to be genuine, the victim provided his bank details to the caller.
He could only watch as money was then drained from his account.
Police confirmed $9000 was taken, and they were investigating.
An ANZ spokesman said a security alert was issued in February concerning fraudsters claiming to be from ANZ or other reputable companies in the telecommunication or electric industries.
He said the general approach by scammers was probably the same – tell the customer there was something wrong with their computer or bank account and convince the customer to give them access to their computer so they could fix it.
Scammers planted computer programs that monitor keystrokes and can send PIN numbers and passwords back to the them so they can access the customer's bank accounts, or they convince the customer to set up a money transfer facility.
Whether funds could be retrieved depends on how quickly the bank was advised, and where the money was sent, he said.
An international money transfer was almost impossible to recover once it had been made, but a transfer to another domestic account could be reversed if the bank was notified quickly enough.