Consumers warned about text scam

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 13:31 14/06/2013

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New Zealand mobiles are being targeted by a new text-message scam, luring people with promises of a multi-million dollar prize win.

One example of the fraudulent texts reads: "YOU WON. Your mobile number won $2,500,000.00. For claims, send your mobile number to email:kevinsmith00173@gmail.com to confirm."

Some messages came through from email address universal_grant2013@outlook.com.

Consumer Affairs warned people not to send any details to the email address provided or reply to the text messages.

Martin Cocker of Netsafe warned people who did send their details through in false hope would typically find the scammers asking them for a sum of money to "facilitate" the transfer of the prize into the victim's bank account.

"They'll ask you continuously for money until you realise that you're giving money to scammers."

New Zealanders reported $4 million lost in similar swindles last year, though government estimates said scams could cost the country up to half a billion dollars every year.

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- The Dominion Post

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