Police warn public to watch out for text scam with fake link to Police site

  • 11/06/2023
Police are warning the public to watch out for a new text scam.
Police are warning the public to watch out for a new text scam. Photo credit: Getty Images

Police are warning the public to watch out for a new text scam.

The text scam tries to get people to click on a link that looks similar to the official NZ Police site, but isn't real.

"This is a scam and anyone who receives it should not respond under any circumstances," a police spokesperson said in a statement.

"Please remember Police will never contact you out of the blue by TXT for any enforcement reason with an embedded link.

"Anyone who receives a similar TXT is asked to report it to Department of Internal Affairs TXT scams."

Earlier this week the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) issued a warning to phishing scammers to stop and hand themselves with some scam victims losing their entire life savings.

The DIA said a phishing scam 'NZTA toll' has been circulating through Aotearoa since late 2022. It presents as a genuine text message from legitimate organisations like Waka Kotahi, NZ Post, Inland Revenue and a number of New Zealand-based banks.

Deputy director of operations at DIA John Michael said the DIA is working closely with Aotearoa mobile network operators and Police, and are aware of scam technology operating in towns and cities across Aotearoa.

"We are confident in our ability to identify the users of this technology."

Michael urged anyone with information relating to the people responsible to contact DIA at info@antispam.govt.nz. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

He added anyone who thinks they are a victim of the phishing scam should contact police on 105 and quote Operation Lime Green.

The scam text can also be forwarded free of charge to 7726.