There’s a new credit card scam using text messages as a method, targeting New Zealanders.
We currently know that the messages claim to be from NZTA, Apple, Uber, postal services and more. The scammers will approach by sending a text informing the recipient owing a payment with a link that looks like a shortened URL.
Please be extra aware when you recieved a similar text described above. However, you are not at risk upon receiving the text; clicking the link will increase the risk.
What to do next?
Free forward the text to 7726. This is a service run by the Department of Internal Affairs. They will reply and ask for the phone number that was sent it.
Also, report the URL to CERT NZ on their website or by calling 0800 CERTNZ.
Do not click the link in the text message; delete it after reporting.
Clicked the link?
If you click the link, do not enter your credit card details or other personal information.
If you have already paid any money, then immediately contact your bank. The sooner you do it, the more likely the bank can reverse the charges and stop any future payments the scammers may set up.
For more information, visit www.cert.govt.nz.