Easter is coming up and while that means a nice long weekend for most, it also provides an opportunity for people to be taken advantage of. There are a few different types of scams that we expect you might encounter at Easter. We’ve listed a couple below for you to keep an eye out for.
Email Scams (Phishing)
Watch out for emails with catchy subject lines that you might receive over Easter. Some examples are listed below:
- Fake online coupons or deals – clicking the links in these emails might take you to fraudulent websites that ask for personal information, including your credit card number.
- ‘You’ve won a raffle or prize!’ The prizes could be anything from supermarket gift cards or Easter hampers to a brand new phone. But remember, if you haven’t entered a prize draw you can’t win it. As above, clicking the links in these emails might take you to fraudulent websites that ask for personal information, including your credit card number.
- E-cards that may contain malicious software (malware).
- Requests for charitable contributions that may be scams or from fake charities.
- Don’t open any emails, including links or attachments, especially if you don’t recognise the email address or sender’s name. Mark the email as spam and delete it!
Heading away for the holidays? Be sure to remember the following things when booking your travel or accommodation online:
- Use reputable websites and apps.
- NEVER access BNZ internet banking via a link - Always go in by typing ‘BNZ.co.nz’ into your browser or use a bookmark you have created yourself to access our site.
- Use the payment system within the booking site instead of direct transfers to the host. That way, if something does go wrong, you are more likely to be covered by the website’s refund policy.
- Don’t take your communication outside the website or app.
- If the address of an accommodation rental is listed, then Google it! Make sure there is actually a property there and that the ‘Street View’ matches the photos from the listing.
- Do a reverse image search of the accommodation to try and determine if the photo is linked to multiple listings (download photo -> go to Google Images and select the camera icon -> upload the photo -> Google will return a list of results showing where the photo is being used).
- Be careful of oversharing your location when you’re on holiday, this can notify people that you aren’t at home! Check your privacy settings on your social media accounts to make sure you are only sharing this information with people you trust.
We hope you have a lovely Easter and stay safe over the holiday period. And remember, if you suspect you’ve been taken in by a scam, contact BNZ on 0800 ASK BNZ (275 269) or +64 4 924 0499 as soon as possible.