Res­i­dents warned of travel scam

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

Dud­ley Jor­dan wants to warn oth­ers about a scam.

The Mata­mata res­i­dent re­cently re­ceived scratchies in the mail. The first one said he had won $165,000. The next day he got sent two more scratchies that said he had won the same amount. ‘‘It says on the voucher that they only had two prizes of $165,000 but I had three,’’ he said. He had al­ready thought it was a scam with the first voucher. ‘‘If some­thing is too good to be true then it is.’’

He thinks the scam will come into place when prize win­ners may have to sub­mit taxes or some other kind of manda­tory charges, as the back of the scratchie said, when peo­ple try to re­ceive the money.

Dud­ley came to the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle to warn oth­ers about the un­so­licited brochure and scratchies from Golden An­swer Travel.

‘‘If we can stop some­one from send­ing money it is worth it,’’ he said.

A spokesper­son for the Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs said any com­mu­ni­ca­tion that states you have won a prize from a com­pe­ti­tion you have not en­tered or sent from an un­known source should be treated as too good to be true.

‘‘If any financial de­tails have been pro­vided dur­ing a scam, then the re­cip­i­ents may wish to con­tact their bank to let them know.

‘‘Should some­one fall vic­tim to such a scam, it be­comes a mat­ter of fraud and com­plaints can be lodged with the New Zealand po­lice.’’ The Malaysian travel scratchie scam has been re­ported to the DIA and has been put on the list of postal scams to watch out for.

The com­pany name on the brochures changes but the con­tent on the brochure and the amount of money you have won re­mains the same.

The DIA spokesper­son said the depart­ment ad­vises re­cip­i­ents of the scam not to con­tact the al­leged sender of the mes­sage and not to pro­vide per­sonal de­tails or money to the scam­mers.

‘‘By pro­vid­ing per­sonal de­tails, you may be open­ing your­self to re­ceive fur­ther scams and may be specif­i­cally tar­geted in fu­ture at­tempts,’’ they said.

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