September 27, 2021

Businesses warned to be vigilant of scams, hacking during lockdown

Businesses and organisations are being urged to protect their customers from cyber hacks as more people work remotely during the lockdown.

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New research from BNZ shows nearly 80 percent of the public have been targeted by an online scam and a quarter have fallen victim to one.

The average amount of money lost to a scam was $1638, the research shows.

Many of these scams pretended to relate to missed online deliveries, invoice scams, and attempts to try and charge people for Covid-19 vaccines.

BNZ Bank head of financial crime Ashley Kai Fong said with Aotearoa back into lockdown more people were online – shopping, communicating, and keeping busy.

“But that comes with an increased risk of falling victim to the rising tide of scams and we all need to remain vigilant and get clued up on how to recognise and avoid scams,” he said.

BNZ’s survey found a…

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