Scam emails claiming to be from the New Zealand Police have been circulating and catching unsuspecting victims off-guard. The emails say that the New Zealand Police have located explicit illegal material on the recipient's computer and an arrest warrant would be issued if the person does not reply within 48 hours.
The police are urging people to be cautious if they receive an email claiming to be from them or other justice sector partners and that inquiries were underway.
“While the nature and specific details of scams often vary, it’s important to note that police and other government agencies will never contact you out of the blue and ask for your password, credit card or bank details” - New Zealand Police
"Although some versions of the email do not specifically reference money, other similar scams involve the recipient being issued a 'fine' when they respond"
Police recommend taking a cautious approach and “trust your gut instinct”
If you get an email like this, forward it to the police cybercrime team at email@example.com
Information on other scams currently operating can be found on the Consumer Protection NZ website
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