Expert says citizens are not properly prepared for scams
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/18/2013 -- Despite a recent list of alerts regarding scams, Kiwis continue to fall for the dupes, which now have cost them what is estimated at half a billion dollars, which can only be incentivising crooks for future attempts at scams.
Phishing and skimming scams allow hackers to access bank accounts of victims, while other scams involve lotteries, advertising, and Trade Me scam.
The Government estimates the total cost to New Zealanders is $450 million per year.
Martin Cocker, who is executive director of NetSafe, states that New Zealanders were “not exercising enough caution” when it came to scams. NetSafe is a company that helps run the government's Scame Watch website.
"The depressing thing we hear ... is from people reporting a scam one day and another person the next day, and the day after, with the same scam."
There have been a high-volume of scams recently, many of which have involved targeting a high volume of victims with a low volume of return-per. Other scammers have still opted for taking from low numbers of individuals, even one at a time, but taking a severe amount of money.
The most expensive came targets vulnerable romantics, who are wrapped up in online dating scams. Last August, such victims lost a total of $674,000 according to NetSafe.
"The thing about scams is there's this idea that, if you fall for one, you're an idiot. A lot of people just won't report it."
A skimming scam is one that targets cash machines and eftpos users were more than happy to strike just about anyone, rather than targeting specific groups.
In Auckland last March, over $1 million was scammed off of 500 customers when using cash machines, according to police. The individuals stole money that was recorded being spent overseas.
Through the Easter season, at least 60 customers were taken for a ride at eftpos machines, with money being accessed in Canada. Finally, in November, four Canadian men pleaded guilty to being part of a scam.
Individuals were not the only ones hit with scammers, as Auction sites were also hit, with many customers being scammed in Trade Me setups. The scams involve a seller with nothing to sell or a buyer with no money, who then reneged on a deal made for trade.
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