Simon Gallagher is consumer protection national manager for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Covid lockdowns have given rise to online scams in the country, says the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Simon Gallagher, MBIE’s consumer protection national manager, said more people spending time online because of Covid lockdowns had provided cyber criminals with opportunities to defraud with sophisticated scams.
Speaking to Radio Tarana this week to highlight Fraud Awareness Week, Novembver 14-20, Gallagher urged people to protect one another by talking about scams, sharing stories and reporting scams when they see them.
Online scams and fraud cost people $4.5 million in 2020/21 financial year, according to CERT NZ (Computer Emergency Response Team).