Alert: Tax Refund Scam Mail Circulating


Did you receive a Tax Refund Notification email like this?

The sender of the email is using the following address (in my case) www-service@nz.govt.nz.

Delete but most of all do not respond or give any of your details. I just got confirmed that this is a scam from the IRD.

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IRD: Watch for hoax tax refund email – Fraud – NZ Herald News


Another hoax email is circulating, this time offering people a tax refund in exchange for credit card details, Inland Revenue says.

A link in the email directs people to a fake webpage with an Inland Revenue logo where people are asked to enter personal details including their credit card details.

Anyone that falls for the scam risks having their credit card details stolen, Inland Revenue group manager for assistance Charles Ronaldson said.

Inland Revenue is asking people to ignore the email and to never click on any links within a suspicious email.

For those who may have already given away their bank details, the advice is to contact their bank or credit card provider.

To report suspicious emails that target Inland Revenue customers, people should email phishing@ird.govt.nz

NZPA

via IRD: Watch for hoax tax refund email – Fraud – NZ Herald News.

ADDITIONAL WARNING

It is noted here that In Christchurch (before the earthquake) there were people visiting premises claiming to be from Tax Refund (www.taxrefund.co.nz). From a reliable source it was learned that Tax Refund does not have people out there going door to door and copying vital information using a camera. It is recommended that you do not let these people in or if you do do not had them any of your private information.

The Orb: Report Online Crimes


A new website has been launched for New Zealanders to report various kinds of online crimes: the Orb.

The Orb has been developed by NetSafe to offer all New Zealanders a simple and secure way to report their concerns about online incidents. The Orb works with partner agencies to direct your reports through to the organisation best able to investigate or advise you on various types of online incidents such as scams and frauds, spam messages, objectionable material, privacy breaches and problems whilst shopping online.

Partners include: New Zealand Police, the Department of Internal Affairs, the Privacy Commissioner, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the Commerce Commission, the Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection and the New Zealand Customs Service.

The Orb enables us to ‘report online crimes, online’

Strictly speaking, not all internet based incidents are crimes under New Zealand law and not all our partner are law enforcement agencies.

The Orb has been set up to handle:

  • objectionable material;
  • online traders;
  • breaches of privacy;
  • scams or frauds;
  • computer attacks;
  • spam;
  • offending against children.

If it is not clear to you which category fits your incident, there is a separate “Other, don’t know” section, while child pornography can be reported via the ECPAT’s Child Altert Hotline section.

If you are a regular user of the internet, I suggest you go and have a look so you know where to go or where to refer another to when in need of assistance.

Complaints posted to the site would be reviewed by Netsafe and passed on to appropriate agencies, including police, Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, privacy commissioner and the Commerce Commission.

When complaints did not fit the criteria of the main enforcement agencies, they would be passed on to other corporate or government agencies, such as banks or organisations such as Trade Me

Source STUFF

Top 10 Data Breaches of 2009


From stolen devices and phishing attacks to buggy apps and human blunders, 2009 was another banner year for data breaches. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, over 345 million records containing sensitive data have been involved in incidents within the United States since January 2005. But last year, one single breach compromised 130 million records. In an effort to do better this year, let’s recount some of the worst data breaches reported in 2009.

Read more at  DIERCKX & ASSOCIATES LTD.

Scam threat to NZ firms – technology | Stuff.co.nz


In a typically 21st century crime, fraudsters have used scam emails and fake websites to steal more than €3 million (NZ$6m) of carbon credits from international businesses.

The Economic Development Ministry said businesses in New Zealand were at risk from the fraud, but it was confident none had fallen victim.

It has written to all companies with carbon credits registered on its database, reminding them to guard their account details and passwords.

The ministry said hoax emails were sent to businesses in several countries aimed at persuading them to click on links that took them to fake websites, where they were asked to key in their account details and passwords.

Such “phishing” scams are commonly used to defraud banks, but ministry spokeswoman Emilia Mazur said it was believed to be the first time the US$135 billion (NZ$196b) carbon credit market had been targeted.

Quoting Hans-Juergen Nantke, head of German carbon credit registry DEHSt, Reuters reported that carbon credits had been stolen from six German firms and that others in the European Union and in Australia, Norway and New Zealand had been targeted.

These countries were at risk because they allow credits to be transferred overseas.

The ministry checked its database at the request of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Mazur said no New Zealand firms had transferred credits overseas since the scam came to light. None had reported thefts.

She was unsure how the fraudsters planned to cash in the credits. “I personally wouldn’t know what to do with carbon credits. They don’t seem to take them down at McDonald’s.”

via Scam threat to NZ firms – technology | Stuff.co.nz.

COMMENT

All I can say is that the the scheme itself should have never been there in the first place as it is based on cooked up research and now we find that it is actually causing new scams to arise. It was a matter of time I guess.

Britain Will Not Pursue Legal Action Against Madoff – NYTimes.com


Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said Tuesday that it would not pursue legal action against the local operations of Bernard L. Madoff, the U.S. financier now in jail in the United States.

In a statement, the S.F.O. said its investigation had found “ insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction” against either the company or its directors.

Read the full article here >>> at NYTimes.com.

WARNING: Illegal Share Offer – Inertialess Drive ZPE 2010 Limited


The Securities Commission warns people who have been invited to invest in Inertialess Drive ZPE 2010 Limited that its share offer is illegal.The Securities Commission has banned a document offering shares in Inertialess Drive ZPE 2010 Limited. The offer is illegal because no prospectus has been registered, and there is no investment statement.The company is based in Mount Maunganui and Ken Pedlar is its sole director and shareholder.”In New Zealand, most offers of investments must have a registered prospectus and an investment statement,” the Commission’s Chairman Jane Diplock says. “These documents are important to allow people to make an informed decision about investing.”The Commission understands that offer documents were sent to people who responded to advertisements by the company in the Bay of Plenty Times in December 2009.The Commission warns people about buying securities that do not have the required offer documents.”Under New Zealand law anyone who has subscribed for securities in offers that are illegal is entitled to have their money refunded,” Jane Diplock says.The Commission had previously, in 1998, banned advertising for shares by Inertialess Drive Technologies 1995 Limited now liquidated because there was no registered prospectus. In 2000 the Commission also banned advertising for shares in Inertialess Drive Corporation Limited for the same reason. Mr Pedlar was involved in both these companies. The advertisements in the Bay of Plenty Times are targeted at former shareholders of these companies.

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via Securities Commission Release: WARNING: Illegal Share Offer – Inertialess Drive ZPE 2010 Limited.