UC has become aware of a number of sophisticated telephone scams circulating that aim to steal large amounts of money from people.
Current scams to be aware of include cold callers who say they work for Spark NZ and request bank account details, and a worldwide Chinese-speaking scam where the caller impersonates the Chinese government, tells the victim they are under investigation by Chinese officials and requests money.
If you receive a phone call that you think might be a scam do not share any personal details, send any documents that confirm your identity or call any telephone numbers that the caller gives you. Hang up immediately.
Anyone who believes they are a scam victim should immediately report it to their bank and local Police. Students have been advised they can also contact the Student Care team for support and advice.
Tips for spotting telephone and online scams
Visit the Netsafe website for more guidance on how to spot a scam.