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Keep safe from scams - Fraud Awareness Week 2013

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Today, banking and information sharing is fast and simple thanks to huge innovations in technology. However you can still be at risk of becoming a victim of scams and fraudulent activity.

Awareness of scams, maintaining a high level of personal security and being conscious of the information you share is important. This week is Fraud Awareness Week, an initiative run by Consumer Affairs to raise awareness about the risks of fraud and scams.

Scammers win because they target human vulnerabilities. A scam is a situation that involves another party trying to lure or threaten you into giving up sensitive information or funds through deception.  This can be difficult to detect as scammers may pretend to be a legitimate bank, person, or business.

Scams can be conducted using mail, emails, phone calls, online and in person.  Often they will try to scare you into believing your bank account security is at risk or time is running out.

Keep your cards safe
  • Keep your credit and debit card PIN details secure.
  • Sign your cards as soon as you get them.
  • Only use ATMs with a “green sleeve” security device such as ASB ATMs.
Stay secure online
  • Use a unique internet banking password - do not reuse the password for your computer, e-mail or social media sites.
  • Only use secure computers with updated anti-virus software.
  • Do not respond to “phishing” e-mails purporting to be from your Bank. Here’s how banking and phishing scams work.
Don’t fund fake jobs
Check your cheques
  • Keep cheque books secure and periodically check that no cheques have been removed.
  • Never accept cheques from someone you don't know.
  • Deposit cheques into accounts as soon as possible.
Big wins may bite
  • Be aware of lottery or inheritance scams where you are advised that you are able to receive a large amount of money in return for paying advance fees. Here’s how lottery and competition scams work.
To find out more about safe banking visit ASB.co.nz, and for more information about scams and fraud visit the Consumer Affairs website.  If you, or someone you know, has been targeted by a scam then report it to Scamwatch.govt.nz and help prevent others from becoming a victim.
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7 comments
Here's another idea on how to stop scams, make it so that you have the option of whether to have paywave or not on your Visa/Mastercards, instead of automatically giving it to us, some people dont want it (including me)
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Florida bodyguard
Florida bodyguard October 31, 2013 5:41 AM
. A scam is a situation that involves another party trying to lure or threaten you into giving up sensitive information or funds through deception.
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PrivateDetective
PrivateDetective December 4, 2013 4:01 AM
This week is Fraud Awareness Week, an initiative run by Consumer Affairs to raise awareness about the risks of fraud and scams.
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ashad hossain
ashad hossain December 5, 2013 8:27 AM
instead of automatically giving it to us, some people dont want it (including me)
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ashad hossain
ashad hossain December 5, 2013 8:34 AM
This week is Fraud Awareness Week, an initiative run by Consumer Affairs to raise awareness about the risks of fraud and scams.
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an initiative run by Consumer Affairs to raise awareness about the risks of fraud and scams.
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ashad hossain
ashad hossain January 4, 2014 5:44 AM
Often they will try to scare you into believing your bank account security is at risk or time is running out.
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