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One per­son died af­ter af­ter an early-morn­ing crash at Bom­bay last Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the scene in Pa­parata Rd about 6.20am. A van had rolled af­ter hit­ting a tree and one per­son was con­firmed dead at the scene, a St John spokes­woman said. Di­ver­sions were put in place and two fire crews from Pukekohe at­tended. The po­lice Se­ri­ous Crash Unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.


Po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices at­tended at a crash on Kingseat Rd near McKen­zie Rd on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. A car and bus col­lided just af­ter 6am and di­ver­sions were put in place. One per­son had se­ri­ous in­juries and a num­ber of other peo­ple had mod­er­ate to mi­nor in­juries. The po­lice Se­ri­ous Crash Unit are on the scene.


Po­lice are warn­ing the pub­lic about scam­mers who are us­ing forged in­voices to swin­dle New Zealand com­pa­nies out of expensive elec­tronic equip­ment. Over­seas scam­mers have been us­ing false email ad­dresses, us­ing do­mains sim­i­lar to well- known uni­ver­si­ties, to tar­get the com­pa­nies. De­tec­tive Sergeant Michael Cartwright said us­ing the false email ad­dress, the scam­mers will send forged univer­sity in­voices to busi­nesses, re­quest­ing var­i­ous elec­tronic equip­ment such as hard drives, cam­era equip­ment, com­put­ers and phones. ‘‘The in­voices re­quest the com­pa­nies ship the goods to a New Zealand freight com­pany, who are then in­structed by the scam­mers to for­ward the goods on to an over­seas ad­dress.’’ When the com­pany sup­ply­ing the items then goes to bill the rel­e­vant univer­sity, they have no knowl­edge of the or­der and the sup­plier is left out of pocket. By the time it’s dis­cov­ered they have been scammed the goods have been al­ready shipped over­seas and re­cov­er­ing them is im­pos­si­ble. Poor English in the ini­tial email is a com­mon iden­ti­fy­ing fac­tor for the scam, and the emails will of­ten have false phone num­bers and email ad­dresses on them. Po­lice ask that any­one who has been a vic­tim of this scam, or has re­ceived a sus­pi­cious email sim­i­lar to those de­scribed, ei­ther con­tacts De­tec­tive Sergeant Michael Cartwright on 09 212 9391 or their lo­cal Po­lice Sta­tion.

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