Residents warned of travel scam
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.