The Takapuna Beach Business Association is alerting its members about scams that have hit North Shore businesses during the past few weeks.
Association general manager Peter White says: “It pays to always be a step ahead of the scammers.”
He says one of the scams involves a person emailing to book a group dinner.
A man who introduces himself as Cole Parkinson from Glasgow, Scotland, makes a booking for 10 persons for three consecutive nights.
He then makes an initial deposit of $1500 with the promise of paying for any other additional bills on the last night.
“They book and pay by credit card and then cancel and get you to pay money back into another account,” Mr White says.
Mr White says the Browns Bay Business Association recently alerted its members about a retail scammer that has victimised a shop.
The man calls into a shop and quickly grabs two retail products.
He then goes to the checkout saying his mother-in-law has had a reaction and tries to get a cash refund for the two products he hasn’t bought.
The man talks really quickly like he’s in a hurry and flustered.
The shop owner says the man had victimised them before and came around to try to dupe them the second time.
“He knew I was on to him today so he left minus his products and any money.
“I suggested if the reaction was causing his mother-in-law significant distress and discomfort he should take her to a doctor,” the shop owner says.
Mr White says he has issued an alert to all their members who might be caught off guard by these scammers.