Travel scratchie scam targeting New Zealanders

  • 28/11/2017
A previous Malaysian-run travel scratchie card scam in New Zealand.
A previous Malaysian-run travel scratchie card scam in New Zealand. Photo credit: Department of Internal Affairs

Travel scratchies appear to be the latest scam hitting New Zealand letterboxes.

The Commerce Commission is warning of scratchies being distributed by Madly In Love Holiday and Get It On Holiday advertising their 13th anniversary.

The professionally-printed brochure states that big prizes are up for grabs. Two scratchies are inside and one of them almost always revealing that a big prize, as much as US$190,000 (NZ$266,000), has been won.

Those who try and claim their prize are asked to pay obligatory taxes or fees before the prize money can be released.

The Malaysian-run travel scratchie cards are a scam commonly observed in New Zealand, with new versions frequently appearing and being reported to authorities, says competition general manager Antonia Horrocks.

"If you receive unsolicited travel brochures and scratchies from Madly In Love Holiday and Get It On Holiday, we recommend you ignore this correspondence and do not send money.

"Scammers rely on some people believing the prize is genuine and then sending money - which is why the scam keeps continuing," she says.

In 2015 the commission warned of other Malaysian scratchie scams called Blazing Whale and November Rain.

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