Cancer So­ci­ety dodges scam

The Tribune (NZ) - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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