Online job scams
A 'job' is listed on an employment website or emailed to you, requiring you to simply accept money transfers into your bank account, then forward the money on to a company based overseas. You'll get a percentage commission for doing this.
The money is almost always from another New Zealand bank account and is transferred to your account without the account holder's knowledge or permission. It's likely the account holder has been the victim of a phishing scam or had some type of malicious spyware installed on their computer.
By taking this job and receiving and transferring this stolen money, you may be held liable for the funds, and investigated by the police.
How you can protect yourself
- Be suspicious of any employment opportunities that require the use of your bank account. In our experience they're always scams, and if it all goes sour, you're liable. If it seems dodgy, it probably is.
- If you find yourself involved in something that fits this description, contact us immediately.
- If you've already received the money into your account, don't transfer the money out or access the funds. Call your bank’s fraud team and they will help you to file a police report and return the money to its rightful owner.