Those cheeky cold callers are targeted NZ with another advance fee fraud this week and we’re getting reports to the Orb service about a company called Reclaim Experts targeting Aucklanders.
The ruse? A nice person will attempt to persuade you that you’ve been overcharged bank fees and if you tell them who you bank with and pay an upfront fee of anywhere between $99 and $249 you’ll be sent a cheque for somewhere over $3000. Others have been told the fee covers an application packfor the bank fees refund.
The release code often mentioned is RG00783 and has been reported in Oz from people being contacted by the Department of Reclaim Expert (a government department!)
What to do?
- Hang up – people on other forums have suggested that being rude will only get you further phone calls often at odd hours of the night
- If you want to hear more before hanging up don’t give out personal or banking information even if the offer sounds tempting.
- If you’re still convinced you could be owed money then call your bank to confirm. Many banks operate large security departments who proactively try to take down fradulent phishing websites and warn their customers about dodgy deals. You may not love your bank but they work hard to protect you from scammers.
- Report the call to the Orb service and we’ll pass the info on to our government partners
Cold callers claiming to be from the Ministry of Justice have tried to charge a woman from Whangarei $199 to cover a bank cheque refund