Immigration New Zealand is looking into how it can remove a scam website made to look like its own.
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The link to the scam website is sent to people in an email. The recipient is encouraged to click on the link and is taken to the website, which has an address just one character different from the real Immigration NZ website. The real website is at www.immigration.govt.nz. The scam one has a dash between 'immigration' and 'govt' rather than a dot.
Parts of the site appear operational and it accepts personal details. It is attempting to trick people into giving their passport details.
Consumer Affairs offers the following advice for protecting yourself online:
You can also check out our scams report for more information on scams that are common in New Zealand.
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