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New Zealand Hits with Newspaper Phishing Scam

A phishing scam which has already appeared in Europe, Australia and Middle East newspapers, has now surfaced in the New Zealand also.

Fraudsters pretending as Australian cell phone repairing comp. (company) representatives have placed advertisements in the newspapers offering discounted rates for purchasing of electronics in bulk. However, the company doesn't sell the products that are advertised.

The Press ran this ad on Tuesday. It listed the prices of Android and Apple phones, flat-screen Televisions, gaming consoles and various other devices; and also provides the contact details "for more information regarding product and purchasing process (sic)". The contact details contain a false name, disconnected Australian telephone number and many general e-mail addresses. National posted on January 26th, 2017, stating that "phishers" often use this pretence and scammers tries to collect sensitive information like details of credit card and passwords.

V Cases, which is cell phone phone repair comp. of Victoria, is used as front for this scam. Yahoo and Gmail email addresses in Press advertisement quoted its name.

The Victoria Police was informed by the company. "All they have told us is they are in the middle of investigating and they cannot really do much at the moment until someone falls victim. At the moment no-one's fallen victim to the actual scam."

Bramstedt said that the scammers are using V Cases' Australian Business Number (ABN) for appearing legitimate. This number is used for identification and tax purposes by the companies in Australia. He added that: "if they display that within their information, it links back to V Cases. If any business looked up the ABN number they have supplied, it would come back to us." He also said that the company might need to change the ABN for thwarting the scammers. It is very difficult process to undergo as they have to change everything registered under the ABN, which is a very long process.

Bramstedt said that: once we came to know that a fraudulent company booked ads in our publications, we blocked all future advertisements from appearing. This incident is exceptionally rare.

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