LOCK YOUR LETTERBOX
Mailbox theft is another precursor to identity theft.
“Lock your letterbox. You are much more likely to have your mail stolen than your TV. Mail theft allows a fraudster to build a profile of you in order to commit identity theft.”
Ms Skilton previously worked at both ANZ and BNZ, before joining the Police.
She says a significant number of cases she deals with involve criminals who are based offshore.
“It’s offending facilitated by the internet.”
This offending involves everything from email phishing scams, to romance and investment scams, to cold call phone scams.
She says the caller’s number might look like it is local, but the calls are usually coming from places outside of New Zealand.
“In one case an elderly victim thought she was talking to the police. The number looked like it was her local police station number. It was actually a call centre based overseas.”
“The scammers can make the numbers look like whatever they want. So don’t believe the numbers you see on your caller ID particularly, because they’re not usually where that person is calling from.”
If you receive a scam phone call you should let you telco know about it.
The New Zealand Police website has details of common scams and frauds.
ANZ also offers advice on scams and banking safely.