Rodney Times : Rodney Times 1st November
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"It has given me motvaton and support to commit to the challenging path I have chosen." Waitemata DHB Health Scholarship Programme IN BRIEF Cracker tips People letting off fireworks should be careful, the Fire Service says. While there has been a reduction in fire-related incidents over Guy Fawkes, a considerable number of unnecessary fires and injuries are still caused. Read and understand the instructions on fireworks before using them. Read them by torchlight (not a naked flame) and make sure you follow them Light fireworks in a wide open area away and never light them inside Fireworks, alcohol and drugs are a dangerous combination Never let a child light fireworks Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby Keep all fireworks in the box or bag until you are ready to use them If one of your fireworks doesn't go -- dispose of it safely. Never attempt to relight it Burns should be put under cold running water for at least 20 minutes Keep your pets inside Point them at the stars -- not your mates. No justice Be wary of people offering refunds on fines over the phone. A person or persons posing as Ministry of Justice staff are ringing people saying they are calling on behalf of a bank or that they are from a branch of the Ministry of Justice. It is unclear where the fake callers have obtained people's details, which are misleading people into disclosing further personal and financial information. Couple warns of scam HOW TO MAKE COMPLAINTS Complaints about phishing email scams trying to get people's credit card details or personal information can be lodged with the Internal Affairs Department http:// complaints.antispam.govt.nz/ The NZTransport Agency urges anyone who inadvertently provided their driver licence details on the counterfeit website to phone its contact centre on 0800-822-422 and have their licence cancelled. It offers to waive the replacement fee. Visit www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg---URL/ Services-Anti-Spam-Reported-Scams?OpenDocument for more information. A DRIVER licence scam caught Neil and Diane McKay of Orewa. They became suspicious after providing their details and are now renewing a cre- dit card and driver licence as a result. It s a lesson for others, they say. We want to warn people about this, Mr McKay says. They received an email asking them to provide licence details to a website andpaya$2fee.Hepaidby credit card but then found the amount taken out was $5. They cancelled the credit card but later found a further $730 taken out. Mr McKay had just renewed his licence and contacted the NZ Transport Agency about his suspicions. Now after reading our Octo- ber 28 P3 story about the website the agency says is counterfeit is getting a new driver s licence. The agency is waiving the fee for the licence replace- ment and Mr McKay says his bank is also reversing the $5 credit card payment and hopes to get the $730 back too. All the agencies have been fantastic with their help, he says. The McKays say they feel a little foolish falling for the scam but Mr McKay says the website is very plausible and professional looking. He believes many others may have been duped into responding as well. The couple consider them- selves fortunate to escape the scam unscathed but say it s inconvenient having to renew the licence and card. More than 500 calls were received in relation to the scam by Friday morning, the transport agency says. It has provided 150 replacement licences so far. The McKays were also asked to confirm an eBay payment of US$47.85, purported to have been done through PayPal, and to click on a link if they disputed the charge. Again they would have had to provide credit card or banking details to claim any refund. They don t use eBay but note the email address -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- is the same one used for the driver licence phishing email. Scammer gets earful Send them packing: Warkworth woman Colleen Carter was having none of it when phishing scammers rang her. By DELWYN DICKEY Several phone calls, includ- ing three on one day, saw a feisty Warkworth woman losing her rag at scammers asking her to run a pro- gramme on her computer to remove unwanted emails or bugs. When the first call came in a suspicious Ms Carter simply refused. Then after checking with her son -- a computer consultant who confirmed it wasn t a good idea -- she was even more adamant. After asking for the phone number of the person calling she was given a number which didn t make sense. But when the third call of the day came right in the middle of a television news item about the same scam she says she had had enough and ripped into the foreign sounding man on the other end of the phone, tell- ing him he should be ashamed of himself. The new scam is hitting both New Zealand and Aust- ralian owners of Windows operated PCs. Callers ask PC owners to start Windows Run and to go into the Windows Event Viewer sys- tem which can bring up error icons on screen. These are often trivial messages to do with the operating system but can convince the owner their computer needs fixing. One version has it that the unwary is charged hundreds of dollars by credit card for a programme which is then run through the computer.
November 4th 2010