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$8.9 million lost to scams in three months,


the highest figure since records began

Svyatoslav Nikitin​ joined the ranks of thousands of people who will lose money to scammers this holiday season.

The Auckland filmmaker tried to buy a PlayStation 5 on Trade Me, and after winning the auction was instructed to transfer $750 into a bank account number provided by Trade Me.

But six hours later Trade Me sent him a follow-up email that warned him not to complete the trade, as a scammer had hacked a legitimate seller’s account and changed the bank account number.

By then it was too late and Nikitin​ had transferred the money into the scammer’s account.

Link to video and article: $8.9 million lost to scams in three months, the highest figure since records began | Stuff.co.nz



 

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