Cancer Society dodges scam
An elderly Manawatu woman has reported being targeted by a fake Cancer Society donation seeker.
The society’s Central Districts division is warning supporters to report any attempts by callers to get their bank account details.
The scam was reported by Jan Robinson after a woman claiming to be from the society, called urging her to commit to a $4-a-week donation plan.
‘‘She started by thanking me for my previous donations... and then was very aggressive, wanting bank account details from me for an automatic payment.’’
Robinson told the woman she did not give bank details over the phone, ‘‘but she wouldn’t take no for an answer’’.
She hung up after the woman pressed her to give credit card details.
‘‘She’s very good at it, I must admit. It felt like she’s been in that line of work for a while.’’
Acting chief executive Chris Franklyn said anyone receiving suspicious calls using the Cancer Society’s name should check whether it was genuine.
A police spokesman said the incident was the only one that had been reported recently, and advised anyone receiving similar approaches to contact police, or internet safety group Netsafe.