Bank scam text messages are swindling Kiwis out of thousands - here's how to spot one

Must See 13/05/2022

Police are warning Kiwis to be on the lookout for text messages from scammers claiming to be your bank.  

Scammers pretending to be Westpac, BNZ, ASB, and ANZ are sending text messages to unsuspecting New Zealanders saying that a payment of upwards of $2000 will be deducted from their account unless they log in using a  link provided. 

They often look a bit like this: 

screenshots of scammers claiming to be banks

The NZ Police are urging people not to click on any links in suspicious messages and if you receive one, to forward it on for free to 7726. 

Genuine banks or organisations never contact you to ask for your PIN, password, or to move money to another account.

If you are unsure, contact your bank to double-check before clicking any links. 

These types of scams, called phishing scams, are becoming more and more common so it is important to know how to recognise them. 

As a rule of thumb, if you do not know who sent you the text, do not click on the link or provide them with any information.