A NEW cyber-crime police unit has started work to protect New Zealanders from increasingly sophisticated online scammers. The latest case has left a South Island couple destitute after they gave more than $1 million to Nigerian fraudsters.
Every day thousands of Kiwis use the internet to bank and shop, exposing them to potential rip-offs. Police say one of the latest trends sees online shoppers targeted by scammers frustrated that internet banking customers have wised up to their techniques.
The new unit is called NC3, or National Cyber Crime Centre, and it is three weeks old. It is headed by Detective Sergeant John van den Heuvel and by Christmas will have four staff. It is part of the police national e-crime group and should be fully operational by the end of the year.
Its priorities are to:
Patrol the internet looking for cyber crime
Set up a single reporting point for cyber crime, possibly via the police website where people can report internet scams
Keep track of the frequency, variety and dollar amount people were being scammed for to get a fuller picture of cyber crime
Provide technical investigative skills to police around the country and liaise with international counterparts. ...
The latest case has left a South Island couple destitute after they gave more than $1 million to Nigerian fraudsters.
Wow, talk about a loss! 1 million NZD is approx 741,900 USD.