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Over 7,500 New Zealanders lose 8.1 million USD from scams
November 14,2017   By:Xinhua
WELLINGTON, Nov.14,2017-- New Zealanders fall victim to scams every day, with Netsafe data showing more than 7,500 New Zealanders reported being scammed last year, losing a total of 11.7 million NZ dollars (8.1 million U.S. dollars), said a statement of New Zealand's Fraud Awareness Week that began on Monday.
 
Common scams include "phishing" emails from scammers pretending to be from a trusted brand and cold-callers claiming they can "fix your computer," said Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Consumer Protection Manager Mark Hollingsworth.
 
Netsafe statistics highlight the need for everyone to know what to look out for to stay safe, Hollingsworth said in the statement. Netsafe is an organization for online safety in New Zealand.
 
"Knowing how to spot a scam is one of the best ways to protect yourself in today's digitally-enhanced world," Hollingsworth said, adding that it is also the focus of this year's Fraud Awareness Week, which is a cross-government initiative aimed to get New Zealanders talking about scams.
 
Fraud Awareness Week is an opportunity to bring this global issue into the limelight in New Zealand, and to focus on educating consumers about how to spot a scam in everyday scenarios, he said.
 
"Our main message to consumers is to remain vigilant; be suspicious, don't engage with scammers, and do your research before handing over any personal or financial information," Hollingsworth said.